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April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Violinist Sergiu Schwartz remembers the Romanian secret police--the Securitate--imprisoning his father for two years on a charge that was never made clear. . . . Mozart Camerata founding music director Ami Porat remembers the Securitate offering his father a choice between life imprisonment or serving as a spy for the Romanian state. . . . But such memories come reluctantly--neither musician likes to talk about his childhood in Romania.
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April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Violinist Sergiu Schwartz remembers the Romanian secret police--the Securitate--imprisoning his father for two years on a charge that was never made clear. . . . Mozart Camerata founding music director Ami Porat remembers the Securitate offering his father a choice between life imprisonment or serving as a spy for the Romanian state. . . . But such memories come reluctantly--neither musician likes to talk about his childhood in Romania.
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April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Persecution against Jews came early into conductor Ami Porat's childhood in Romania. "There were daily anti-Semitic attacks, even from little kids who obviously repeated what they heard from their parents," Porat said in a recent phone interview. "I remember a 4-year-old boy who lived in our building, who used to throw rocks at us daily when we came home from school, 'You dirty Jews, get out of my country.' " "And I remember the insults that even the teachers inflicted on us.
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April 4, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Persecution against Jews came early into conductor Ami Porat's childhood in Romania. "There were daily anti-Semitic attacks, even from little kids who obviously repeated what they heard from their parents," Porat said in a recent phone interview. "I remember a 4-year-old boy who lived in our building, who used to throw rocks at us daily when we came home from school, 'You dirty Jews, get out of my country.' " "And I remember the insults that even the teachers inflicted on us.
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December 26, 1998 | From Associated Press
William R. Perl, the founder of the Washington, D.C., branch of the Jewish Defense League and the organizer of the smuggling of thousands of Jews out of Nazi-occupied Europe in the late 1930s and 1940s, died Thursday. He was 92. Perl died at his home in Beltsville, Md. He had Parkinson's disease. Perl also was a retired Army lieutenant colonel, a psychologist, a Holocaust survivor and a champion of the right of Russian Jews to emigrate.
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May 11, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
Moses Rosen, who as Romania's chief rabbi helped 400,000 Jews flee the country during the purges of the communist era, has died. He was 81. Rosen died of a heart attack Friday after suffering a stroke three weeks ago that left him partially paralyzed. Elected Romania's Jewish leader in 1948, when there were 600 rabbis in the country, he fought to keep Jewish traditions alive in communist Romania while at the same time helping Jews emigrate, mainly to Israel.
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