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September 2, 1997
Santa Monica College will inaugurate a show on the Holocaust Sept. 8 with a display of about 40 photographs by Alfred Benjamin. Benjamin, 81, of Santa Monica, was nearly killed for photographing the Nazi destruction of a Jewish synagogue in Hamburg. "I was interrogated by the Gestapo and told to get out of Germany within 24 hours. I left 16 hours later," he said. He moved to England and then to Santa Monica, where he teaches photography. The show, which runs through Oct.
December 10, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The Vatican denied that it received gold looted from Gypsy concentration camp victims and stood by its refusal to open archives covering the Nazi period. At a London conference on Nazi gold last week, a delegation of Gypsies, also known as Roma, said nearly $2 million was seized from Roma people killed in Croatian camps and sent to the Vatican. The group provided no evidence for its claim and did not say whether it believes that the Vatican still has the gold.
August 15, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
For Henry Kress, the issue has never been money--it's been justice. This week, the Auschwitz survivor came one step closer to feeling that justice had been served when Jewish groups, two Swiss banks and lawyers for Holocaust survivors reached a $1.25-billion settlement over claims to assets lost during World War II. The money will be paid over three years and may go to both organizations and individuals. Swiss bank officials said the first payment of $250 million is to be made in 90 days.
July 3, 2010
Keeping hikers out Re "Landowner puts his foot down on hiking," June 27 I share Shull Bonsall Jr.'s worries about the land he owns near the falls and pools in the Los Padres National Forest. I don't think that the public has a right to any land that any group -- conservationists or otherwise -- has deemed open to the public. In fact, I would suggest that access to mountain or wilderness trails, pools and waterfalls across the state has in many cases led to their damage and demise through graffiti, trash and vandalism.
December 28, 2008 | Associated Press
The publisher of a disputed Holocaust memoir has canceled the book, adding the name Herman Rosenblat to an increasingly long list of literary scandals. "I wanted to bring happiness to people," Rosenblat said in a statement issued Saturday through his agent, Andrea Hurst. "I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world." Rosenblat's story had been embraced by Oprah Winfrey, who had interviewed him and his wife twice.
February 20, 1997 | JOHN POPE
Survivors of Nazi concentrations camps who were U.S. citizens at the time of their internment may be eligible for reparations, and the deadline to file a claim is Sunday, officials said this week. The Holocaust Claims Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, is seeking individuals who might be eligible for monetary compensation under a 1995 agreement between the United States and Germany, commission chairwoman Delissa Ridgway said.
August 22, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Michael Berenbaum had been a top executive of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington for about a decade when the burden of helping to run the place got to him. It was not the time he spent among images and artifacts from this darkest period of human history, or the challenge of finding ways to explain unimaginable horrors to new generations. That was what provided the intellectual stimulation of the job. No, it was the spending of days on end in budget meetings.
July 6, 1998
As Kim Beauchamp watched director Steven Spielberg's cinema epic about American slavery, "Amistad," her thoughts turned to how much richer our understanding of the 19th century would be if modern cameras had existed then. "Wouldn't it be cool if there were videotapes of slaves, or former slaves, telling their stories?" Beauchamp recalled thinking. "We have no perspective." Beauchamp's reaction isn't surprising, given her work.
May 18, 1988 | From the Washington Post
West Germany's national Jewish council Tuesday accused its late chairman of embezzling millions of dollars from funds that had been granted by the Bonn government as reparations for Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. An auditors' investigation showed that Werner Nachmann, who headed the Central Council of Jews in Germany for 22 years until his death in January, diverted the money to his own textiles company and to various sham firms, Nachmann's successor, Heinz Galinski said.
May 15, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Alicia Appleman-Jurman was just a child when she learned a hard lesson about human dignity and courage. Through stories about her life as a Holocaust survivor, the acclaimed author delivered that lesson Wednesday at Nicolas Junior High School, captivating 450 seventh- and eighth-grade students. Although she never lived in a concentration camp where millions of Jews were killed, Appleman-Jurman and her family were sent to an open ghetto in her Polish hometown when the Germans invaded in 1941.
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