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July 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The front-runner to be Germany's next chancellor called for a new debate over whether a national Holocaust Memorial should be built in Berlin, suggesting it might not be needed. Gerhard Schroeder, the Social Democrat who leads Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the polls two months before the election, made the proposal after his cultural affairs advisor spoke out this week against the much-delayed project.
February 9, 2007
Re "Israel sounds alarm on Iran's nuclear efforts," Feb. 7 The lead sentences in the article go beyond inaccuracy; they are deeply misleading. In contrast to The Times' claim that "Israeli leaders rarely invoke the Holocaust," this is probably the most frequently claimed rationale for Israeli policy. Menachem Begin used it in the 1970s to justify the occupation of the West Bank, to pick just one example. To claim -- in a news story! -- that Israel "felt secure enough to fight its many battles with little or no help" ignores the fact that Israel has been the largest recipient of U.S. foreign and military assistance for decades.
January 8, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A group for Polish survivors of the Holocaust will hold its first meeting Sunday in Encino. Survivors and their families and friends are invited to an afternoon of "acknowledgment and remembrance," said Terese Pencak Schwartz), the group's founder. "Polish Holocaust Survivors was started to remember the Polish victims but it is really open to all survivors." Schwartz was born in Poland soon after World War II and immigrated with her parents to Detroit when she was still a young child.
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.
October 12, 1986
I was horrified to read your Children's Bookshelf column in which Kristiana Gregory endorsed for 3-to-6-year-olds a pictorial essay on the Holocaust entitled "Children We Remember" (The Book Review, Sept. 21). What purpose is served by showing a small child photographs of doomed Jewish children who are cold, starving, alone, or about to be murdered by Nazis? Aren't our children allowed to have a childhood any more, to have even a few fleeting years of innocence before they are forced to confront the cruelest extremes of human behavior?
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.
April 26, 2003
Re "Animals Suffer a Perpetual 'Holocaust,' " Commentary, April 21: As a German-Russian Jew, I have lost family in the Holocaust (and other atrocities) but don't think it distasteful that PETA and others compare slaughtering animals to a type of holocaust. We Jews are perhaps "chosen" to help the world move toward equal rights for all sentient beings. Thus we should not weigh someone's worth by his or her so-called IQ, and certainly should not skin a person alive for the lack thereof.
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.
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.
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