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April 22, 2000 | Associated Press
Chinese authorities have reopened a Jewish cemetery originally built by Jews who moved to northeast China after the completion of the Trans-Siberian railway a century ago, the state-run New China News Agency said Monday. Workers cleaned up the cemetery in Harbin, near the border with Russia in northeastern China, and placed flowers on each tomb before China's traditional grave-sweeping festival, which was observed Tuesday, the news agency said.
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October 31, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A German historian has found conclusive proof that Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller died in the final days of World War II and was buried in a mass grave in a Jewish cemetery in Berlin, the German daily Bild reported Thursday. The research carried out by historian Johannes Tuchel, head of the German Resistance Memorial Center in Berlin, appears to resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Nazi era and discredit decades of reported sightings of the secret police chief in Latin America after the war. As head of Adolf Hitler's notorious Gestapo, Mueller played a key role in orchestrating the Holocaust with his oversight of the arrests, deportation and extermination of European Jews.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Shlomo Rechnitz had heard about the Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles, about its hundreds of toppled headstones, cracked tombs and the graffiti scrawled over some of its monuments. In late May, he decided to see for himself. He agreed to take a tour of Mount Zion with a group that ended up including Moshe Greenwald, a rabbi who had taken a special interest in trying to restore the cemetery. Rechnitz said he didn't get far before he was overwhelmed by the derelict conditions. "Halfway through, I said, 'I've seen enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
Shlomo Rechnitz had heard about the Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles, about its hundreds of toppled headstones, cracked tombs and the graffiti scrawled over some of its monuments. In late May, he decided to see for himself. He agreed to take a tour of Mount Zion with a group that ended up including Moshe Greenwald, a rabbi who had taken a special interest in trying to restore the cemetery. Rechnitz said he didn't get far before he was overwhelmed by the derelict conditions. "Halfway through, I said, 'I've seen enough.
WORLD
May 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Vandals have smashed or knocked over headstones of 64 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, said Claude Bloch, president of the town's Jewish community. Police found no slogans, but a swastika was drawn on the mailbox of the house of the cemetery caretaker in Sarreguemines.
NEWS
June 15, 1994 | Associated Press
Vandals overturned more than 100 gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in Zurich, the second desecration of a burial ground for Jews in the city this year. Police spokesman Bruno Kistler told a local radio station that two people were seen running from the cemetery this weekend, but police had no clue about their identities. Kistler said authorities did not publicize a similar incident in February, fearing it might set off copycat crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1991
A Jewish cemetery in East Los Angeles was hit by vandals who toppled more than two dozen gravestones, officials said Thursday. Details of the vandalism were sketchy, but the Sheriff's Department said it was believed to have occurred late Tuesday night at the Home of Peace Cemetery. The cemetery is one of the oldest in Los Angeles and is owned by the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Tom Tuvim, general manager of the cemetery at 4334 Whittier Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1996 | MACK REED
Plans for a Jewish cemetery on 381 acres of land adjacent to the Simi Valley Freeway have won unanimous approval from the Simi Valley City Council. The council voted 5 to 0 Thursday night to grant zoning variances that will allow construction of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park along the freeway's northern edge between Yosemite Avenue and Kuehner Drive.
NEWS
April 14, 2002 | From Reuters
Vandals have desecrated a Jewish cemetery in Strasbourg with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans in an attack that President Jacques Chirac denounced Saturday as scandalous. The symbols and slogans, painted on about 20 tombstones and a wall, were discovered Friday. Chirac, in the newspaper Le Progres, said: "These were scandalous acts that go against the foundations of French identity. . . . They should be opposed with utmost vigor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1998 | Associated Press
Mikveh Israel Cemetery, the oldest Jewish site in the city, has been vandalized along with the nearby synagogue B'nai Abraham. Vandals painted a swastika on a sign outside the cemetery and on the side of the synagogue. In addition, they propped a pig's head on the synagogue's outside wall. In Jewish dietary law, pigs are regarded as unclean animals, unfit for consumption. The cemetery, founded in 1738, is part of Independence National Historical Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2013 | By Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
It took Eddie Goldstein's dying for me to finally wear a yarmulke. Grateful for a bobby pin, I somehow kept it from slipping off as I scribbled on a notebook in a funeral chapel at a Jewish cemetery in Boyle Heights. Three days before, I had gotten an email from one of his granddaughters. "It is with a heavy heart that I email you to inform you that my grandpa (the last Jewish man of Boyle Heights) has passed today," Crystal Vargas wrote. One of his brothers showed up at the chapel on Wednesday morning, along with two Jewish nieces and a nephew.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The fact that the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony is making a big deal out of its 18th anniversary concert on Sunday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre - and isn't sure whether it will treat its 20th as a special occasion - is just the latest unique happenstance flowing from Noreen Green's decision to strike up an orchestra different from all other orchestras. Her idea of forming an ensemble that follows Jewish threads through the classical and pops traditions has had enough staying power to reach a milestone that is itself uniquely Jewish.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It may not sound like it, but "In Heaven, Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery" is a playful, poetic and all-around charming documentary, an off-center look at an unusual institution. That would be Berlin's Weissensee, a 130-year-old veritable necropolis whose 115,000 graves make it the largest such establishment still in use in Europe. Yes, one of its administrators admits, there are a lot of dead people around, "but they don't hurt you. It's very peaceful. " It's also quite beautiful, a fully mature 100-acre forest in what was once East Berlin, and director Britta Wauer, working with cinematographer Kasper Kopke, has included numerous moments of random, unexpected beauty.
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October 29, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Battles of wills between divorced couples are nothing new, but "Nora's Will" adds a delicious twist. The struggle in this poignant and tremendously appealing film features a man who fights a stubborn rear-guard action against his dead ex-wife's final wishes and in the process learns more than he anticipates about his family and himself. Under its original title, "Cinco Dias Sin Nora" (Five Days Without Nora), this film was a great success in Mexico, winning seven Ariels, the Mexican Oscar, including best film, original screenplay and a pair of acting awards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2009 | Duke Helfand and Victoria Kim
Operators of a Jewish cemetery in Mission Hills allegedly broke open concrete interment vaults and discarded or lost human remains as they made room for additional decedents, attorneys asserted Monday. A class-action lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday against Eden Memorial Park and its parent company, Service Corporation International, alleges that the cemetery attempted to improperly squeeze plots together for profit, breaking existing vaults and moving or discarding remains in the process.
WORLD
October 25, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Vandals rampaged through a sprawling Jewish cemetery in Bucharest, toppling tombstones and smashing markers for as many as 200 graves. Jewish leaders said the scale of the destruction suggested the activity was organized. Other graves have been vandalized in Jewish cemeteries in recent years, but those attacks occurred in the provinces, and were more limited in scope. Romania's Justice Ministry promised an investigation. More than 40,000 Jews are buried in the cemetery in south Bucharest, including some victims of the Holocaust.
NEWS
May 23, 1990 | United Press International
Seven people suspected of belonging to a "satanic music cult" were arrested today in connection with the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in the town of Carpentras, police said. Police arrested 15 people in pre-dawn raids in the region around the town of Albi, 200 miles west of the southern town of Carpentras. All but the seven were released after identity checks, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1994
A 16-year-old boy believed to be a skinhead was arrested by sheriff's deputies Wednesday on suspicion of severely vandalizing a Jewish cemetery in Norwalk. Detective Richard Hiles of the Norwalk sheriff's station said at least $50,000 in damage was done to 39 of the 200 tombstones at the Chevra Kadisha Mortuary on Curtis & King Road. Several markers--inscribed with family names and Jewish symbols such as the Star of David--were found in piles of marble and granite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
On the evening of May 26, Beverly Hills High senior Bianca Khalili visited Dora Afrahim, another popular daughter of the Westside Persian Jewish community who lived in a glittering Century City high-rise. About 11 p.m., neighbors heard screaming. They looked down from their windows and saw Bianca's crumpled body at the foot of the building. In June, investigators ruled Bianca's death a suicide, saying evidence indicated she had jumped off the apartment building's 15th-floor balcony.
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July 8, 2005 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
Today, Jacob van Ruisdael is commonly considered the greatest Dutch landscape painter from the second half of the 17th century. That wasn't exactly the case when he was alive (1628/'29-1682), painting first in Haarlem and then, after he turned 28 and began to mature as an artist, in Amsterdam.
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