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May 11, 1991 | NANCY PLEVIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carlos Velez-Ibanez, a former Roman Catholic altar boy and graduate of parochial school, was astounded that day 30 years ago when his only sister died and his mother leaned over to whisper in his ear: "I'm going to tell you a secret that has always been passed on through the women of our family. But now I must tell you. "Somos Judios," she said. We're Jews.
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January 18, 2004 | Abraham Brumberg, Abraham Brumberg is the editor of "Poland: Genesis of a Revolution," among other books.
What a sad story this is -- the story of Polish-Jewish relations for nearly 1,000 years. Sad, for there were hopeful moments during this period, promising that relations between these two peoples would turn out happier than they did. Poland in the Middle Ages was a relatively tolerant place where kings and much of the nobility allowed Jews to manage their legal and cultural affairs and have a degree of religious freedom virtually unknown in the rest of Europe.
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December 13, 1990 | ELIZABETH VENANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a black-and-white photograph, a solitary Jew in a skull cap and prayer shawl stands on a prairie, isolated against the vastness of a Western skyscape. When the man speaks into the photographer's tape recorder, however, the grandeur of the pioneer settling an untrod continent dissipates. "It just doesn't offer me what I'm looking for in terms of my career," says the man called Joe, explaining why he left his hometown.
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March 4, 2001 | KAREN ARMSTRONG, Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books, including "A History of God," "Islam: A Short History," "Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths" and, most recently, "Buddha."
James Carroll was first inspired to write this book when he visited Auschwitz and came upon the cross which Pope John Paul II had planted in a field alongside the eastern wall of the camp during his visit in 1979. The pope had said Mass in this field for a million fellow Poles and had prayed for and to Edith Stein, a Carmelite nun whom he would later canonize as a Christian martyr, even though the Nazis had killed her for being a Jew.
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December 14, 1990 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost 500 years after its expulsion of the Jews, Spain is trying to reach out to their descendants all over the world, but the task is troubling, disquieting, fraught with hidden complexity. Few problems, however, are visible amid all the ceremony. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain expelled the Jews in 1492--the same year that the royal couple completed the conquest of Spain from the Arabs and the same year that Columbus, in their pay, discovered America.
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September 16, 1993 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Acting on the eve of the Jewish New Year, UC Irvine announced Wednesday the appointment of a Florida professor to its first-ever endowed chair in Jewish history. "This is especially timely now, given the headlines about the agreement between Israel and the PLO," said Scott Nelson, a university spokesman. "There has been significant interest in the subject expressed by students and faculty members; it's a valid area of scholarly interest."
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November 12, 1995 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a regular contributor to Calendar
Centuries of persecution transformed the Jewish people into a remarkably adaptable bunch. Without a home land from the year 70 until 1948, when Israel was founded, Jews were pushed from one country to the next for nearly two millennia. As a result, they learned how to live just about anywhere. This is a central theme behind "And I Shall Dwell Among Them," Neil Folberg's photographic essay on historic synagogues of the world.
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June 12, 1991 | TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 165,000-square-foot domed granite-and-glass structure has risen on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles next to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Less than three miles away, workers soon will be installing exhibits in a converted bank office alongside the Jewish Federation Council headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. And just 1.
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December 22, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was Thursday morning snack time at the West Valley Jewish Community Center, and preschoolers Adam Brainin and Nicholas Volk were discussing their plans for the coming evening, the first night of Hanukkah. "You know what my mommy said?" Adam announced. "She's going to dance the hora." Chewing on a mouthful of popcorn, Nicolas countered: "My mommy said I'm going to get presents--for Hanukkah and Christmas."
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July 30, 1991 | DANIEL WILLIAMS
Controversies about Holocaust remembrance are alive abroad as well as in Israel. Most involve Jewish sensitivities that the Holocaust might be forgotten or de-emphasized. In Washington, the construction of a Holocaust museum on the Mall, among some of most revered American public icons, has sparked debate. Why is the suffering of one group at the hands of the Nazis receiving special attention when there are plenty of other groups that have suffered--even at American hands, critics ask?
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December 22, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was Thursday morning snack time at the West Valley Jewish Community Center, and preschoolers Adam Brainin and Nicholas Volk were discussing their plans for the coming evening, the first night of Hanukkah. "You know what my mommy said?" Adam announced. "She's going to dance the hora." Chewing on a mouthful of popcorn, Nicolas countered: "My mommy said I'm going to get presents--for Hanukkah and Christmas."
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August 10, 2000 | MANUEL GAMIZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Masha Loen was 14 when she exited a box car to be taken to the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland. A Nazi soldier, known as "Max the Sadist," struck Loen's head against the side of a barrack, splitting her head open. At 17, Alfred Benjamin shot a picture of Adolf Hitler in Hamburg, Germany, as the dictator addressed a crowd of onlookers. Benjamin was one of only a few Jewish youngsters who saw the man responsible for the deaths of 6 million Jews.
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March 26, 2000 | JEROME SOCOLOVSKY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kneeling between rows of moss-streaked graves with Hebrew epitaphs, Tineke Arentse seeks to atone for what her faith and country have done to Jews. She and other Christian volunteers, as they do every year, are refurbishing a Jewish cemetery. Working with sponges and brushes, they wash the wafer-thin granite and marble headstones, glue back broken fragments, repaint Hebrew letters, pull weeds.
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December 3, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN
In Luisa Leschin's new radio play, the Carvajal family has a secret, closely guarded by the grandparents. Although they live in Santa Fe in the 1860s, the Carvajals are not Catholics, like most of their neighbors. They are Conversos, secret Jews forced to convert or flee Spain when all Jews were expelled in 1492.
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November 27, 1999 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Described by its creators as a traveling Jewish children's museum, Jewish Expo 2000 will visit Southern California just in time for Hanukkah. The exhibit, which uses interactive technology to tell the story of the Jews, will be at the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills from Monday through Dec. 12. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown Friday.
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September 19, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Holocaust researchers, who have traveled the world to uncover the fate of 937 Jews who tried to flee the Nazis in 1939 aboard an ocean liner that was later turned away by Cuba and the United States, will bring their project to the West Coast this month for the first time. They are still trying to track down 11 passengers who remain unaccounted for.
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June 5, 1991
UC Irvine and Orange County's Jewish community have raised $250,000 for an endowed professorship in Jewish history. History department chairman Michael Johnson said he hopes that a scholar will be named as early as the fall of 1992 for the post, the first endowed professorship in UCI's School of Humanities. "This endowment makes it possible for UCI to seek an historian of the highest caliber . . . in this extremely competitive area of historical study," Johnson said.
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January 4, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For several months, mail carrier Troy Westfield watched the once-blank wall on the Horner Street side of the Workmen's Circle building slowly come alive before him. First appeared the blob-like shapes and figures sketched in black. Then children, middle-aged folks and a few elderly women and men painted in the lines with vibrant blues, pinks and greens. Hazy silhouettes sharpened into famous Yiddish writers. Swaths of yellow crystallized into a giant menorah.
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September 19, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was May 1939, and the luxury liner St. Louis set sail from Hamburg, Germany, with 937 passengers, almost all of them Jews fleeing the Nazis. The ship reached Havana on May 27, but Cuba, already awash in Jewish immigrants from Europe, denied the passengers entry. The ship then headed for the Florida coast--and with the lights of Miami twinkling in the distance--the passengers sent pleas for admission to the United States.
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July 17, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
When the sun sinks on Wednesday, a dark cloud of mourning will descend on observant Jews as they contemplate the catalog of calamities that have riddled the history of their people for 2,500 years. For a people forced into millenniums of exile and hardship, there is much to contemplate on the annual fast day of Tisha b'Av: The destruction of the Jerusalem temples, first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans. The crushing of a revolt led by Bar Kochba against the Romans at Betar.
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