CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1988 |
During the darkest days of the Holocaust, Dr. Laszlo Petrovicz was a steady beacon of light for Jews in Budapest. As a Hungarian army doctor assigned to a Jewish labor colony, he helped dozens of captives escape under the guise of sending them to medical specialists. He and his Jewish wife, Zsuszanna, a nurse, provided food and medical care to Jews in Budapest's ghetto. They obtained false identification papers for many and hid others in their own home, written testimonies from survivors say.
August 19, 1991 |
Over Vatican objections, the heirs of a Jewish community decimated by the Holocaust publicly rebuked visiting Pope John Paul II here Sunday for the silence of his church in Hungary during the tragic years of World War II.
February 5, 1999 |
The title of a new documentary about the Holocaust, "The Last Days," carries a double meaning for survivor Tom Lantos. "Not just the last days of the war. It is the last days for us . . . survivors of the Holocaust. Soon we will be no more," says Lantos, now a California congressman from the San Mateo-San Francisco area.
November 29, 1996 |
Beginning this winter, thousands of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust will receive monthly payments from Hungary under a landmark agreement to ease Jewish suffering from World War II. Nearly 50 years late in coming, the deal is being hailed by some Jewish and government leaders as a model for Eastern Europe, where most of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust perished but few governments have settled accounts with devastated communities.
May 8, 2001 |
A group of Hungarian survivors of Holocaust death camps sued the U.S. government in federal court in Miami on Monday, seeking compensation for property seized from them by Nazis and eventually taken by the U.S. Army but never returned. The case stems from the Nazi seizure of more than $200 million in gold, jewelry, Oriental rugs, clothing and artworks, among them Rembrandt and Durer paintings. The booty was loaded aboard a train, which the Nazis abandoned and U.S. Army personnel took over.
May 10, 1992
George Mandel-Mantello, 90, a businessman who helped stop Nazi deportation of thousands of Jews from Hungary during World War II. Born a Jew in Romania, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Mandel-Mantello was an "unsung hero" of the war, said David Kranzler, history professor emeritus at the City University of New York.