January 15, 2010 |
If you know the name Rezso Kasztner, you won't need any encouragement to see "Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis." If you don't, that is even more reason to see this documentary on the strange and compelling life and death of one of the most morally complex figures to come out of the Holocaust. From one point of view, Kasztner sounds like a classic hero. He negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann for the freedom of Hungarian Jews, a process that eventually resulted in a rescue train that brought 1,684 Jews to the safety of Switzerland.
January 26, 2007 |
A special German panel ruled Thursday against returning a valuable collection of rare posters stolen by the Nazis to the son of the artwork's Jewish owner. Peter Sachs was only a year old in 1938 when his father's collection of 12,500 posters was seized and his family fled Germany for the United States. Sachs, 69, of Sarasota, Fla.
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March 10, 2008 |
Pearl Cornioley, who parachuted into France as a secret agent during World War II to help arm and organize the Resistance, has died. She was 93. Cornioley was one of Britain's greatest agents operating behind German lines, according to historian Michael R.D. Foot, who has written extensively about British special operations in France. Cornioley died Feb. 24 at Blois Hospital in the Loire Valley, according to Caroline Cottard, the secretary at her retirement home in Chateauvieux, southwest of Paris.
July 25, 2006 |
Works by sculptor Arno Breker, favored by the Nazis for his monumental, classically inspired figures, has gone on display here amid controversy over Breker's links to Adolf Hitler and Breker's flourishing career in the Third Reich. City officials say the exhibition presents a chance to reexamine the work of a talented artist whose career was clouded by his association with Hitler and the Nazi leader's favorite architect, Albert Speer.
March 14, 2000 |
A German museum returned a stolen painting Monday to a family that had fled to Britain from Nazi rule, highlighting an international campaign to restore looted works of art. "We believe this sets an important precedent for all museums holding looted art," Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, told a news conference at Britain's Royal Academy of Arts, where the painting was on loan.
November 15, 2012 |
An account of collaborationist Paris' World War II capture of more than 13,000 French Jews for deportation, Rose Boche's film "La Rafle" (The Roundup) aims for historical drama both procedural and soapy, with mixed results. France's shameful effort to appease the Nazis is told mostly from the perspective of a young Jewish boy (Hugo Leverdez) named Jo, who is based on the accounts of a real-life survivor. Jo's family ignores the warning signs until the dead-of-night gendarme raids, the planning of which by indifferent Vichy officials Boche occasionally shows with particularly wound-opening contempt.
December 9, 1998 |
The government will establish a $40-million fund to compensate victims of Nazi persecution whose assets were seized by Britain during World War II, Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Mandelson said. Britain's 1939 Trading With the Enemy Act sought to stop "belligerent countries" from using property belonging to their nationals to finance Hitler's war effort. However, innocent victims, including many Jews who had sent cash and valuables to Britain for safekeeping, also had their assets seized.
July 10, 2004 |
Famed soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, who was born in Germany but later became a British citizen, acknowledges in her memoirs that she joined the Nazi Party in the 1940s in what she says was "a strictly administrative gesture which was necessary." The autobiography of the singer, now 89 and living in Austria, was recently published in French under the title "Les Autres Soirs" (The Other Nights). In it, according to the website andante.com, she writes, "People know -- or have they forgotten?
August 19, 2006 |
Polish Solidarity hero Lech Walesa urged German author Gunter Grass on Friday to prove that a confession about his membership in Hitler's SS was not just a marketing ploy to promote his new novel. The former Polish president also said he would give up his honorary citizenship of Poland's city of Gdansk if Grass, also a holder of the same title, failed to explain why he decided to confess when his autobiography, "Skinning the Onion," came out.
February 15, 2014 |
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie. In the early 1990s, on one of his infrequent visits to Los Angeles from Europe, Bernard Goodman asked his son, Simon, to take him to see it. Standing in front of the portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz Massa, Bernard for the first time permitted a crack in what his son calls "the brick wall of silence" that had confronted him and his older brother, Nick, all their lives.