February 29, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. In yet another public relations embarrassment for the Mormon Church, a Utah researcher has discovered that slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was posthumously baptized last year in a serious breach of church protocol. According to records, Pearl, who is Jewish, was baptized "by proxy" last summer in a Twin Falls, Idaho, temple -- much to the surprise of his parents, who learned of the event this week.
April 22, 2011 |
Fifty years ago this month, Israel seemed to grind to a halt as people huddled around radios, listening to testimony in the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Captured by Israeli secret service agents in Argentina in 1960, Eichmann was tried, and eventually executed, as a chief architect of the Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were killed. The trial became a social and political turning point for the young nation. Even Eichmann's iconic glass witness booth has been preserved in an Israeli museum.
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December 13, 2010
Dov Shilansky He began recitations of Holocaust victims' names Dov Shilansky, 86, a former Israeli Parliament speaker and advocate for memorializing victims of the Holocaust, died Thursday at a Tel Aviv hospital. The cause was not given. Shilansky served as speaker of the Parliament from 1988 to 1992. But possibly his longest-lasting legacy is a ceremony that has become part of Israel's observance of an annual memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
April 10, 2010 |
Zak Kolar hails from a fortunate Jewish family of four whose ancestors never confronted the horrors of the Holocaust. But the teenager from Naperville, Ill., also is among the last generation to encounter World War II's witnesses as neighbors rather than statistics. Seeking to ensure that the Jewish people don't forget the 6 million individual lives lost, Zak, 14, has launched a website and database dedicated to those who perished during the Holocaust. He hopes the online roster of names and death dates will enable members of the Jewish community to select and pray for a martyr on the anniversary of his or her death, as prescribed by Jewish tradition for families in regard to their forebears.
February 24, 2010
SERIES Dangerous Drives: Take a ride in one of the Army's heavy equipment transport trucks in this new installment (5 and 9 p.m. Speed). Modern Family: Edward Norton and Elizabeth Banks guest star in this repeat episode (8 p.m. ABC). American Idol: The top 12 male semifinalists perform on a new episode of the talent competition (8 p.m. Fox). Faces of America With Henry Louis Gates Jr.: The Harvard professor explores the family histories of actresses Meryl Streep and Eva Longoria Parker and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in this new installment (8 p.m. KCET)
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December 8, 2009 |
Edward Sanders, an attorney and leader in the Jewish community who served President Carter as a special advisor on Mideast policy, died Monday at his Los Angeles home. He was 87. The cause was cancer, according to his son-in-law, Stanley Witkow. Sanders gained prominence during the 1973 energy crisis when, as president of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, he challenged a letter from Standard Oil Co. to 300,000 stockholders that appeared to support a pro-Arab Mideast policy.