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January 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Newt Gingrich denied any knowledge Tuesday of a robocall hitting Florida households that accuses rival Mitt Romney of forcing Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher food -- though his campaign later acknowledged it was behind the attack. "I have no idea what you're talking about," he said three times, speaking to reporters as he left Fred's Southern Kitchen. "Can't comment on something I don't know about. " Then he added, "You might check and see whether the accusation is true.
April 27, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. “What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times,” said Abbas, according to a statement published Sunday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA . Abbas expressed sympathy for the families who died at the hands of the Nazis and called the world to “safeguard the oppressed and weak wherever they are found.” The Palestinians, “still oppressed and denied freedom and peace,” are the first to stand up for those facing such crimes, he said.
January 22, 1999
Nicholas J. Corea, 56, television writer, director and producer who worked on such series as "The Incredible Hulk" and "Walker, Texas Ranger." Born and brought up in St. Louis, Corea served in Vietnam as a Marine sergeant, earning a Purple Heart. Later he wrote for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. He also worked several years as a member of the St. Louis Police Department, turning those experiences into a novel, "A Cleaner Breed," published in 1974.
March 12, 2014 | Frederick N. Rasmussen
Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who became a major voice in the campaign to gain reparations from companies that transported victims to concentration camps during World War II, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Pikesville, Md. He was 93. Bretholz played a leading role in a campaign to require SNCF, the French railway system that historians have said conveyed 76,000 people to Nazi camps, to pay reparations to U.S. Holocaust survivors....
February 18, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
After World War II, social workers typically urged Holocaust survivors to forget their horrific wartime experiences and get on with their lives. That struck Florabel Kinsler as a foolish and impossible order. During a decades-long career, the Los Angeles social worker and psychologist encouraged survivors to speak up about their traumatic experiences. "Flo would never moralize or tell people how they should feel," said Sarah Moskovitz, a Cal State Northridge professor emeritus who collaborated with Kinsler.
February 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Some Holocaust survivors have threatened to boycott an upcoming exhibit of Holocaust-related art that features a depiction of a concentration camp built from Lego blocks. The exhibit, "Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art," is scheduled to open at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan on March 17. Its catalog has already been released, generating debate and outrage.
December 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
About 3,000 people have been cleared to receive the first payments from an Austrian fund to compensate Holocaust survivors, and an additional 3,000 should be approved shortly, the fund's chief overseer said. Hannah Lessing, general secretary of the General Settlement Fund, said fund officials hope to have processed all 19,300 survivors' claims by the end of 2006.
November 28, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Holocaust survivors and their families who contend that Swiss banks are still hiding wartime assets gathered in New York to call for a worldwide moratorium on doing business with the banks. About 4,000 people have asked to join a class-action lawsuit against the banks, which plaintiffs claim hold $10 billion to $20 billion in Holocaust victims' assets, including penalties and interest.
May 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors, some wearing six-pointed, yellow cloth stars like those the Nazis forced on Jews, jammed the Supreme Court here Sunday to demand more compensation for their suffering. They came in support of a petition filed by right-wing legislator Avraham Herschenson, who claims regulations discriminate against survivors who arrived in Israel in its early years of statehood.
February 26, 1995
In response to your article by T.G. Rand, "Bearing Witness to Their Tortured Past" (Feb. 9), you report the mixed reaction by Holocaust survivors: "I can't go on," he pleads. "Shut it off." The woman nods, but when she turns toward the cameraman, her whispered command is, "Keep it rolling." There is simply no reason to have a Holocaust survivor tell of his tortured past. The terrible effects of being a survivor speak for themselves. No non-survivor will ever truly understand the continued trauma and horror that has been passed on from a survivor to their old or new families.
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Dismayed at how German authorities have handled a ballyhooed seizure of suspected Nazi-looted art, an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from New York City is suing them for the return of a painting he says was stolen in the late 1930s from his great uncle in Germany. David Toren's suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria have "perpetuate[d] the persecution of Nazi victims" by not expeditiously returning artworks they seized in 2012 from Cornelius Gurlitt, the elderly son of an art expert who was known for acquiring looted art for Adolf Hitler.
February 26, 2014
Re "Among the oldest Holocaust survivors," Obituary, Feb. 24 Thank you for reporting on the passing of Alice Herz-Sommer, one of the oldest Holocaust survivors. I knew nothing about Herz-Sommer before seeing the Academy Award-nominated documentary," The Lady in Number Six. " I left the theater with tears in my eyes but with my heart inspired and uplifted by this remarkable woman. Despite circumstances that no human being should be forced to endure, her spirit still soared.
February 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled. As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded. "Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys, zig-zagging up and down from the heights to the lowest registers, with the final four chords ringing out, like so many shrieks of despair," biographers Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki wrote in 2006. The next day, she was given an extra ladle of watery soup - a privilege at a Nazi concentration camp, but one that made the pianist distinctly uncomfortable.
February 22, 2014 | By Nick Reed
For two decades I worked a desk at ICM as an agent, championing talented artists and their film projects, including big ones like the "Austin Powers" and "Bourne Identity" franchises. A huge turning point for me came three years ago; my father and mother got very ill, and the meaning of life changed for me. I decided to leave the desk job and became a producer. During my first year, it felt like a bungee jump, huge elation at freedom and the sudden jolt as the rope hit bottom and then bounced back and forth.
February 22, 2014 | By Martha Groves
For Chasten Bowen, news that France is negotiating with the U.S. to pay reparations to Holocaust survivors who were transported on French rail cars to Nazi concentration camps during World War II comes too late. “I'm just about ready to leave this world,” said the 89-year-old Anaheim resident. “If there's money available, there are others who need it worse than I do.” Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer who advises the State Department on Holocaust issues, said Friday that the French government entered into formal talks with the U.S. State Department on Feb. 6 regarding reparations and hopes to wrap up an agreement by the end of the year.
February 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Seventy-two years after Nazis began deporting French Jews to concentration camps, the French government is negotiating to pay reparations for the first time to several hundred Holocaust survivors now living in the U.S. who survived unspeakable conditions while being transported in government-owned rail cars and in the death camps at the end of the line. Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer who advises the State Department on Holocaust issues, said in an interview Friday that the French government entered into formal talks Feb. 6 and appeared to be intent on wrapping up negotiations by the end of the year.
February 13, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
This year's Academy Award documentary short subject nominees prove more substantial than their animation and live-action counterparts. Of the three Oscar shorts categories, the docs - a supersized collection of works broken down here into two separate programs - are the most cohesive bunch, with themes of mortality and reconciliation. Two shorts from Program A feature subjects already well documented elsewhere. "The Lady in Number 6" profiles Alice Herz Sommer, the now-110-year-old pianist who recited Chopin's études from memory while inside the Theresienstadt concentration camp in what is now the Czech Republic.
February 2, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
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