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March 13, 1995 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tonight, four days after the 50th anniversary of Anne Frank's death--memorialized around the world last week by public readings of her eloquent diaries--South Coast Repertory weighs in with its own Holocaust commentary: a NewSCRipts presentation of Peter Sagal's "Denial." The Harvard-educated writer, 30, believes that the SCR Mainstage reading of his new play could not come at a better time or in a more appropriate place.
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August 22, 2009 | Ross King, King is the author of many books, including "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling."
An endearing aspect of "The Da Vinci Code" phenomenon has been the creation of a new kind of action man. The boffin-as-hero, exemplified by Robert Langdon, marks a change from the traditional male adventurers of page and screen: the gun-toting muscleman, the caped superhero, the suave secret agent lethally accessorized with an exploding fountain pen. Guns and gadgets now have to make room for middle-aged professors more familiar with biblical symbolism...
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August 6, 1995
Granados should count her blessings that her father was not on the Arizona or anywhere within reach of the Japanese forces during World War II. The ghastly legacy of Japanese tyranny in the 1940s is not as compact as a photograph of a mushroom cloud, but it exists, despite historical revisionism. I will never forget the Americans who died defending our country. Should the bomb have been used? The tough answer will always be yes, absolutely. Scott Holleran Glendale
WORLD
February 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A British bishop whose denial of the Holocaust embroiled the pope in controversy left Argentina, several days after the government ordered him out. Pope Benedict XVI sought last month to help heal a rift with ultra-traditionalists by lifting a 20-year-old excommunication decree imposed on Richard Williamson and three other bishops. The pope has since insisted that Williamson recant his statements before he can be recognized as a Roman Catholic bishop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990
The Anti-Defamation League applauds The Times' strongly worded editorial on Ferguson's attempt to rewrite history. Fortunately for all of us, Ferguson's effort to minimize the injustice of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was soundly defeated in the California Legislature. The ADL, an agency that vociferously called for reparations for the victims of that internment, can well appreciate the insidious effects wrought by historical revisionism. Instead of ignoring or depreciating the harm inflicted on Americans of Japanese origin, it is important to work toward the establishment of educational programs and public remembrances of those events designed to ensure that such injustices are not repeated.
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February 18, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been a century since the French army framed Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish captain, on a charge of passing secrets to the Germans, convicted him in a closed-door court-martial and shipped him off to Devil's Island with a life prison sentence. Everyone involved in that shameful episode died long ago. Dreyfus himself was eventually exonerated and returned to active duty, fighting alongside his son in World War I and receiving the French Legion of Honor medal.
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August 6, 1997 | KEN RINGLE, WASHINGTON POST
When the tall ships became the stars of America's Bicentennial, every city on the East Coast wanted them to visit. Every city, that is, except the nation's capital--the one place all the ships wanted to go. Like most African Americans, many officials of the D.C. government "hear 'sailing ships' and think 'slave ships' and 'middle passage,' " said a frustrated official of Operation Sail after the rebuff in Washington. "They have no concept of any black maritime tradition outside of that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
A civil trial pitting warring factions of a Costa Mesa historical revisionist organization has been postponed, attorneys and courtroom officials confirmed Tuesday. Jury selection in the case involving defendant Willis Carto, 69, and the organization he founded, the Institute for Historical Review, won't begin until Thursday, with opening arguments expected to begin next week, attorneys said. The group was founded partly to deny historical data pertaining to the Holocaust.
WORLD
February 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The bishop whose rehabilitation by the Vatican sparked outrage because of his denials of the Holocaust has been removed as the head of an Argentine seminary, his superiors said. The ultraconservative Society of St. Pius X, which is trying to reconcile with the Vatican, announced that it had dismissed British Bishop Richard Williamson as director of the La Reja seminary and distanced itself from his views. His views about the Holocaust created an uproar last month when Pope Benedict XVI lifted his excommunication and that of three other bishops consecrated by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1996 | From Reuters
Was Jesus the first Jewish comedian? Did he deliver the Sermon on the Mount and, if so, why was it so short? Is the Resurrection a true event or an example of early Christian mass hysteria? As Easter Sunday approaches, the search for the historic Jesus--the man, not the Gospel figure of miracle and mystery--has hit the U.S. media with a loud, some would say blasphemous, thunderclap, leading to questions that many orthodox Christians would never have dreamed of asking. All three major U.S.
WORLD
January 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution introduced by the United States that condemns any denial of the Holocaust. The resolution did not single out any country, but Israel and the United States both suggested that Iran should take note, especially after it provoked widespread anger last month by holding a conference aimed at casting doubt on the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II. Iran was the only nation to reject the measure, calling it an attempt by the U.S.
WORLD
December 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A gathering of Holocaust deniers in Iran touched off a firestorm of indignation Tuesday across Europe, where many countries have made it a crime to disavow the Nazis' systematic extermination of 6 million Jews. The European Union's top justice official condemned the conference as "an unacceptable affront" to victims of the World War II genocide. British Prime Minister Tony Blair denounced it as "shocking beyond belief" and proof of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's extremism.
WORLD
February 21, 2006 | From Reuters
An Austrian court sentenced British historian David Irving to three years in prison Monday for denying the Holocaust during a 1989 stopover in Austria, dismissing his argument that he had changed his views. Irving pleaded guilty, hoping for a suspended sentence, but the Vienna criminal court concluded that he was only making a pretense of acknowledging Nazi Germany's genocide of Jews to escape a jail term.
WORLD
November 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Right-wing British historian David Irving has been arrested in Austria on a warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust. Irving, 67, was detained Nov. 11 in the southern province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989 under Austrian laws making Holocaust denial a crime, said police Maj. Rudolf Gollia, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Austrian media said the charges stemmed from speeches Irving delivered in Vienna and the southern town of Leoben.
NEWS
April 8, 1998 | LYNELL GEORGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The black man considers the white. The white man considers the black. Both gazes questioning. Both gazes direct: Their steady stare a looking glass. But who is white and who is black if trajectories of blood deem you family? And how might one account for the space between? For Edward Ball, the politics of race seeped into his Southern consciousness like sun through a day-porch screen.
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August 6, 1997 | KEN RINGLE, WASHINGTON POST
When the tall ships became the stars of America's Bicentennial, every city on the East Coast wanted them to visit. Every city, that is, except the nation's capital--the one place all the ships wanted to go. Like most African Americans, many officials of the D.C. government "hear 'sailing ships' and think 'slave ships' and 'middle passage,' " said a frustrated official of Operation Sail after the rebuff in Washington. "They have no concept of any black maritime tradition outside of that.
WORLD
November 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Right-wing British historian David Irving has been arrested in Austria on a warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust. Irving, 67, was detained Nov. 11 in the southern province of Styria on a warrant issued in 1989 under Austrian laws making Holocaust denial a crime, said police Maj. Rudolf Gollia, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Austrian media said the charges stemmed from speeches Irving delivered in Vienna and the southern town of Leoben.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1997 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Eisenman sometimes feels as if he's being persecuted. He's been vilified by the New York Times as "incoherent" and "impossible." Publications worldwide have taken shots at his latest book. Fellow academics have distanced themselves. "He represents a marginal position," said Mike Phelps, director of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont. James Sanders, a professor at the Claremont School of Theology, goes further.
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