January 11, 2005
Re "Russia's Downhill Slide to Dictatorship," Commentary, Jan. 9: Niall Ferguson may be generally right in viewing the current regime in Russia. However, it is simply outrageous how he parallels Hitler's ambitions regarding Poland and Czechoslovakia on one side and Russia's feelings toward Ukraine on the other. Russia and Ukraine were one country for more than three centuries. For Russians to hear that, say, Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa are now in another country is the same as for Americans to imagine that Los Angeles is in Mexico or Chicago is in Canada.
January 6, 1992
Curt Bois, one of the self-designated Actors in Exile who fled Germany for Hollywood after the Nazi takeover in the early 1930s, is dead. Bois, a character actor whose many screen roles included a pickpocket in "Casablanca," was 90, said a statement issued by Berlin's Schiller Theater released over the weekend. The statement said he died Dec. 25, but did not explain the delay in reporting his death. Bois, a Berlin native, most recently had been working at the Schiller.
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May 14, 2010 |
A leading Jewish human rights organization says that comparing Arizona's tough new immigration law with Nazi Germany is "inappropriate and irresponsible." The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles issued a statement this week expressing its opposition to the Arizona law but denouncing the use of language about the Holocaust, saying there was no need to "demonize opponents, even when they are mistaken, to those whose actions led to history's most notorious crime." "We don't need on top of everything else invoking imagery that is inappropriate," the center's associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, said Thursday in a phone interview from Jerusalem.
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April 2, 2005 |
Milton Green, 91, a former world record hurdler who boycotted the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., his family announced. Green's death was erroneously reported last August by Associated Press and leading newspapers across the country after the news agency mistook him for another man with the same name. "He thought it was absolutely hysterical. He couldn't stop laughing," his daughter, Patricia Dunn, told the Boston Globe. A native of Lowell, Mass.
April 25, 1987 |
Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945 by Marie Vassiltchikov (Knopf: $18.95) The displacement of Europe's aristocracy by the First World War with its redrawing of national boundaries, by the Russian Revolution and by the Great Depression turned an international brotherhood of wealth and influence into something resembling a tribe of Gypsies. One of these was Marie Vassiltchikov, a Russian-born emigre who lived and worked in Berlin.
January 7, 1987 |
Britain and the United States developed and began to manufacture deadly anthrax bombs for use against Germany in World War II, but never decided to use them, according to a new report by a Stanford University historian. Prof. Barton J. Bernstein declared in an interview and in an article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists published Monday that an American plant, "probably in Vigo County" near Terre Haute, Ind.