October 30, 2008 |
A Frank Gehry-designed museum can rise in Jerusalem on a site that was once a Muslim cemetery, Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, clearing the way for L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a Holy Land counterpart to its Museum of Tolerance on Pico Boulevard. The $250-million project had been delayed since early 2006, when builders unearthed bones. Arab leaders in Israel sued to stop the project and were supported, in an unusual alliance, by some ultra-Orthodox Jews with firm beliefs against disturbing graves.
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September 20, 2005 |
Simon Wiesenthal, the Holocaust survivor who helped track down numerous Nazi war criminals after World War II, then spent the later decades of his life fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice against all people, died Tuesday, officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center announced. He was 96. Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, according to Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center's dean and founder. "I think he'll be remembered as the conscience of the Holocaust.
August 2, 2000
TONIGHT Pacific daylight time 4:30--5 p.m. * House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois; presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop 82 of Somerset, Ky., and Camp Fire Girls of Pennsylvania. * Rebecca King sings the National Anthem. * Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young delivers the invocation. * 5-6 p.m. * Hector Barreto, a California small-business owner. * Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore. * 6-7 p.m. * Entertainer Jon Secada. * Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
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December 22, 1994
A 16-year-old boy believed to be a skinhead was arrested by sheriff's deputies Wednesday on suspicion of severely vandalizing a Jewish cemetery in Norwalk. Detective Richard Hiles of the Norwalk sheriff's station said at least $50,000 in damage was done to 39 of the 200 tombstones at the Chevra Kadisha Mortuary on Curtis & King Road. Several markers--inscribed with family names and Jewish symbols such as the Star of David--were found in piles of marble and granite.
December 14, 2001 |
The Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films continues its distinguished series of documentaries with "In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967," which chronicles the first half of Israel's existence. Written by Sir Martin Gilbert and the center's Rabbi Marvin Hier, and adapted by its director, Richard Trank, "In Search of Peace" unfolds in straightforward fashion, bringing clarity and a personal touch to a complex and turbulent era of history.
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September 1, 1988
According to a news story in The Times (Part I, Aug. 15) Republicans hoping to elect George Bush President are pitching hard for the Jewish vote with a "sleeper" plank in their convention platform, which opposes a Palestinian state and a U.N. resolution saying that Zionism is racism. The Mideast plank won immediate approval from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Tom Dine, its executive director, felt that this plank is the best ever on U.S.-Israel relations by either party.
May 14, 1988 |
A private meeting between the Rev. Jesse Jackson and prominent Los Angeles Jewish leaders, which appeared to be in doubt earlier this week, will take place as scheduled Wednesday, according to Rabbi Allen Freehling of the University Synagogue in Brentwood. The meeting will not be under the auspices of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, which was part of the negotiations with Jackson at one point.
June 4, 1986 |
The Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies said Tuesday that it has found that the French government learned of the full war record of former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim in 1979, long before his possible connection with war crimes became public knowledge.