CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2002 |
Masha Loen had her share of close calls as a child--she was 14 when Nazis yanked her out of a boxcar and tossed her into a concentration camp, where her mother and two sisters were executed. Sixty years later she is facing another one: the threatened closure of a museum she helped create to honor victims of the Holocaust. Financial problems are jeopardizing the future of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the nation's oldest memorial of its type to victims of Adolf Hitler's atrocities.
October 28, 2010 |
Architectural symbols are rarely more layered, complex or self-aware than in a Holocaust museum, where the architect's nearly impossible job is to mark murder on a mass scale while at the same time providing some sense of resilience and hope. In some cases the resulting design takes on a slashing, dissonant form, as in Daniel Libeskind's 1999 Jewish Museum in Berlin. In others it tries to communicate at least a small part of the claustrophobia and confusion that awaited prisoners inside Nazi camps; that was among the central goals of James Ingo Freed, who designed the bluntly powerful 1993 United States Holocaust Museum on the National Mall in Washington.
October 14, 2010 |
In grade school, Randy Schoenberg made a 12-foot-tall family tree. In college at Princeton, he led a Holocaust Remembrance Day. As a litigator, he argued all the way to the Supreme Court on behalf of Maria Altmann and ultimately recovered five Nazi-looted Klimt paintings from Austria for his client. "A psychiatrist from Vienna once gave me an article about this syndrome called the torchbearer syndrome," says Schoenberg, 44, who has the intense, heavy-lidded eyes of his paternal grandfather, composer Arnold Schoenberg.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1999
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust has moved to a location across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The move to 6006 Wilshire Blvd., at the southwest corner of Ogden Drive and Wilshire, was prompted by the need for earthquake repairs at its original location in the community building of the Jewish Federation. Museum Chairman Osias Goren said the new building should also make it easier to combine museum visits.
June 4, 1998
Theater Ron House heads the cast in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," a comedy about writers working for a maniacal comedian on his weekly TV show in 1953. It ends Sunday at the Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theatre, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Today-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. $16-$35. (714) 497-ARTS.
October 17, 2000
Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library needs volunteers to help with planning for, and on the day of, its first Children's Book Festival on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: (310) 458-8606. * Christmas in April, Pasadena needs volunteers to help repair the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners for Make a Difference Day in Pasadena on Oct. 28. Information: (626) 798-6176.