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September 2, 1990
As a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, I must say that Rabbi Marvin Hier ("The Unorthodox Rabbi," July 15) is a hard-core realist. He is quite aware that centuries of anti-Semitism, inspired by Christianity, culminated in the Holocaust and cannot be erased with a smile and a handshake. Every type of anti-Semitism, anywhere in the world, is a seed for future Holocausts. Rabbi Hier is a contrast to all those moderate and liberal present-day Jewish leaders who unfortunately are infected with hypocrisy and who deceive themselves that we have friends waiting for us everywhere.
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July 3, 2010
Keeping hikers out Re "Landowner puts his foot down on hiking," June 27 I share Shull Bonsall Jr.'s worries about the land he owns near the falls and pools in the Los Padres National Forest. I don't think that the public has a right to any land that any group -- conservationists or otherwise -- has deemed open to the public. In fact, I would suggest that access to mountain or wilderness trails, pools and waterfalls across the state has in many cases led to their damage and demise through graffiti, trash and vandalism.
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NEWS
January 12, 1986
As the head of CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz--Nazis' Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors), the organization of the Mengele Twins, I would like to comment on your article, "Pair Tells of Island Hunt for Mengele." I have been in contact with Mr. and Mrs. Tony van Renterghem since the amazing turnabout by the government authorities, and by the Simon Wiesenthal Center after the death hoax of Mengele. To insinuate, as Rabbi Hier did, that Mr. and Mrs. Tony van Renterghem pursued the Mengele cover up for reasons of personal profit or self aggrandizement is pure slander.
MAGAZINE
September 2, 1990
Your profile of Rabbi Hier incorrectly stated that no leaders of the Jewish community publicly opposed the California Legislature's $5-million appropriation to the center's Museum of Tolerance in 1985. In fact, the American Jewish Congress testified in Sacramento against this grant. AJC believed that such a gift of public funds violated the constitutional principles of church / state separation and, equally important, represented bad public policy. We also found this legislative request hypocritical, since the Wiesenthal Center had previously assured potential donors that it had never and would never seek government money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1988
It was with a mixture of disgust and disbelief that I read the unfortunate comments of Rabbi Marvin Hier ("Democratic Convention Extends No Hand and Brings Loneliness to the Jewish Patch," Op-Ed Page, July 25). I don't know which convention he was watching, but as a fellow American Jew my disappointment was not that the Democrats seemed unwilling to "weave a Jewish patch into the quilt." My disappointment was in the fact that so-called Jewish leaders like Rabbi Hier have so polarized Americans (Jewish and non-Jewish alike)
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January 26, 1985 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
A former Counter Intelligence Corps agent who reported nearly 38 years ago that Dr. Josef Mengele may have been arrested by U.S. authorities in Austria said Friday that his information about the infamous Nazi war criminal came from a reliable source. Benjamin J. M. Gorby, now an attorney in Tel Aviv, Israel, told The Times by telephone that he does not know whether the April 26, 1947, "Mengele Memo" prompted any action by the Vienna-based 430th CIC detachment to which it was sent.
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March 10, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The head of West Germany and a Los Angeles rabbi have engaged in an unusual debate by mail about how to allay fears among Jews and others over the possibility that fascism could resurface in a united Germany. The exchange last month between West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder-dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, highlighted a grass-roots concern that has been largely ignored in the public discussions of political leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1988
I pondered over the idea of publicly criticizing Hier's column. Somehow it seemed like parading the family laundry for all to see. But then I decided that I would be doing myself and the rest of the Jewish community who agree with me an injustice if I didn't set the record straight. I do not want Rabbi Hier to speak for me. He suggests that "fear grips American Jewry--a fear that Jackson's forces have become a decisive major group in the Democratic Party. . . ." I have no such fear of Jesse Jackson.
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