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?
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 |
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.
December 28, 2008 |
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997 |
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.
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1997 |
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.