July 17, 2010 |
As Jeremie Fazel stood to pay his respects at his adored grandfather's grave, something felt profoundly wrong. "The name on the headstone was Benjamin Fazel. It was my grandfather's name but not the one he was born with. For me, it was very symbolic because I felt like it wasn't him," the 32-year-old Parisian said recently. "It was then I decided I had to change my name." You can call Fazel many things: He is French, the grandson and son of Jewish emigres from Poland, a documentary maker and a film editor.
August 7, 2009 |
Good things don't come exclusively in small packages, sometimes they come in great big ones that don't stay around for very long. Which is the case with the exceptional new three-hour documentary that is playing for three days only at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The film, "Being Jewish in France," screening today, Saturday and Sunday at LACMA's Bing Auditorium, may sound like a picture with a limited potential audience, but that turns out to be not the case.
December 25, 2006
Re "Hitler's Mideast helpers," Opinion, Dec. 20 Max Boot's column, in which he lumps together Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust with Arab collaboration with the Nazis, is a thinly veiled argument in support of a common canard: Mideast peace cannot be achieved by negotiating with the Arabs because their opposition to Israel is based on a fundamental anti-Semitism. The chief problem with this is that it is a view without hope that will lead to the continued misery of everyone in the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2006 |
Everyone had a reason -- a deeply personal reason -- to be there. Doris Montrose's father nearly died in Auschwitz. Laurence Hermon, a Parisian and a Jew, awaited the response from the French consul general. Diana Tehrani, 21, paled at the thought of the three weeks of torture -- three weeks, she repeated -- endured by man just two years her senior.
October 1, 2004 |
The time is August 1946, a year after the liberation of France, and a small group of Parisian Jews are living lives that, as the title of this quietly impressive film tells us, are "Almost Peaceful." "Almost Peaceful" succeeds as a delicately moving memory piece about a subject not often put on film: the process of moving on into ordinary life after surviving the Holocaust.
August 29, 2004 |
Amid the mix of languages -- Hebrew, English, Arabic -- commonly heard on the streets of Israel, a new one stood out this summer: French. French Jews, worried about a rise in anti-Semitism in France and encouraged by Israeli leaders, are coming -- even moving -- to Israel in droves. The signs of the French presence are everywhere. Tel Aviv restaurants now highlight Tunisian tuna (many French Jews have roots in Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco).