CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1999 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1992 |
This year, amid commemorations and critiques of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage from Spain into the unknown, scholars are examining another quincentennial with a critical eye. The expulsion of all unconverted Jews from Spain in 1492 during the notorious Spanish Inquisition was long thought to have involved as many as 300,000 Jews. Historians have said the expulsion had a disastrous effect on Spain's economy, forcing out most of its financial wizards.
November 8, 2000 |
"Go, cantor, go!" urged Beth Elliott. The traditional Jewish wedding song she was playing on her viola had struck a chord with the white-haired Alzheimer's patient. A smile creased his face, and in a clear, steady voice, he began to sing. Elliott extended her hand, he took it, they danced. Former cantor William Nussen, 79, was among about 35 residents in varying stages of Alzheimer's disease gathered for a workshop in a dining room at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda.
April 21, 1997 |
As Jewish families and their friends gather this evening for Seder, the ritual meal that marks the Passover celebration, the events they commemorate need no added drama. The Passover story itself has plenty of that. It tells how Moses and the Israelites, enslaved in Egypt, learned of God's plan to rescue them. On the night of their escape, families gathered for a meal prepared in such haste that there was no time for the bread dough to rise.
September 21, 1997 |
When "The Long Way Home" opened last week under the Moriah Films banner, audiences probably thought, "Moriah Films? Never heard of it." This moving documentary chronicling events in the lives of the Jews who survived Hitler's Third Reich only to have international doors slam shut on them is, however, the fourth film produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which launched Moriah Films in 1994.
August 27, 1992 |
As Joel Mann held hands with fellow Jewish teen-agers, marching 5,000 strong on a historical path that had been tread by so many before him, he felt a surge of power and hope that made the entire journey worthwhile. Mann, a 17-year-old senior from Pacifica High in Garden Grove, and the other Jewish youths were participating in the March of the Living, a trek that every other year goes through the ashes of the Holocaust in Poland into the open arms of Israel.
December 11, 1997 |
There have been Jews in the West as long as there have been Europeans here. Not just Levi Strauss, of course, who is generally credited with inventing blue jeans, but Jacob Youphes as well. As historian and writer Harriet Rochlin explains, Youphes, or Davis, as he was also known, was a Russian Jewish tailor who lived in what is now Reno, Nev. In 1872, Youphes wrote to the Levi Strauss Co.
September 9, 2001 |
Jews in Germany. The image that comes to mind is of yellow stars and concentration camps, of exile and slaughter. For the 12 years of Nazi rule, to be a Jew in Germany was to be a victim. But Jewish history here spans 2,000 years, most of it peaceful and productive, and the full story is one that a new museum attempts to capture in both its pain and its glory.
April 10, 2000 |
As founder of Chapman University's Holocaust education program, Marilyn J. Harran teaches two courses a year on the subject. She's familiar with World War II's atrocities, and she's heard survivors' firsthand accounts of life and death in Nazi concentration camps. But as a contributing author to the newly released "The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures," she wasn't prepared for the emotional toll the work would take on her.
October 25, 1995 |
In the stately old Union Club, amid chandeliers and dark paneled walls, Gabriel Harrar, a 33-year-old dentist, was explaining what had brought him back home to Morocco after 13 years in France. "It was a business opportunity," Harrar was saying. "I never intended to stay more than six months. So now six months have become six years, and I can't imagine ever leaving. I have a wife and baby now and my life is here. I feel completely secure."