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November 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
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February 2, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
NEWS
January 7, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Survivors who escaped the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder years after the event, a study finds. Researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health surveyed 3,271 survivors two to three years after surviving the attack. About 95% said they had at least one recent post-traumatic stress symptom, and after screening, 15% were positive for PTSD. Only 4.4% reported no symptoms. Several risk factors for PTSD included which tower and floor people were on when the attacks occurred; when they were able to evacuate; exposure to the post-collapse dust cloud; witnessing some horrific scene (seeing a plane hit the towers, witnessing people falling or jumping from the towers)
WORLD
September 29, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Rescue workers using megaphones to call out to survivors climbed through mud Tuesday in a slow, slogging search after a landslide crashed into a sleeping village in southern Mexico. Despite fears of widespread loss of life in the town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, only a few people were missing by Tuesday evening. Poor road and weather conditions throughout the day had hampered rescue efforts and attempts to fathom the full scale of the slide. Swollen, chocolate-colored rivers swept over their banks in places.
WORLD
January 14, 2010 | By Tina Susman and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- The capital of Haiti lay in ruins Wednesday, shattered by an earthquake it was not built to withstand. With most international aid yet to arrive, bodies lined the streets, the injured gathered at hospitals devoid of doctors or functioning equipment, swaths of the city were reduced to rubble and even the presidential palace -- long a symbol of whatever stability the country could muster -- was damaged and sagging. Most telecommunications were down, making it next to impossible for the government and aid agencies to count the casualties or assess the extent of damage from the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck Tuesday afternoon.
NEWS
March 10, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The number of cancer survivors in the United States nearly quadrupled from 1971 to 2007, growing from 3 million to 11.7 million, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The increase reflects earlier detection, improved diagnostic methods, more effective treatment, improved clinical follow-up after treatment and an aging U.S. population, the agency said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . Breast, prostate and colorectal cancers were the most common types of cancer among survivors, and female survivors (54.3%)
NEWS
May 12, 2000
Kudos to Lynell George ("When a Loved One Chooses Death," April 12) for the insightful, in-depth article about Sam and Lois Bloom and the hours of Life-Saving support that they offer survivors of suicide. My life was tragically and forever altered when my fiance chose to end his life. During the weeks and months of despair that followed, the Blooms were like a beacon of light for me in an otherwise dark world. They continue to selflessly devote an incredible amount of their time participating in suicide research and helping survivors cope and heal after a loved one has died by suicide.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A South Carolina police officer says he listened in disbelief as two men he saw running from blazing plane wreckage described how they escaped the inferno. Lt. Josh Shumpert said Wednesday he later learned the men were former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity disc jockey DJ AM. Shumpert had kept the badly burned men talking as they waited for medical help Friday night after the crash in Columbia. The musicians were the only survivors. Two pilots and two passengers -- all from the L.A. area -- were killed.
NEWS
November 13, 1996 | Reuters
Fishing boats carrying more than 300 men reached safety six days after a cyclone ravaged southeast India's coastline, but almost 1,000 others were still missing, Andhra Pradesh state officials said Tuesday. "Three hundred fifteen fishermen have been found, 985 are still missing," said Vijay Kumar, a senior official coordinating relief operations from Hyderabad, the state capital.
NEWS
January 24, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could survive anything as brutal as a gunshot wound to the head. And yet about 10% of the time, such victims do live. But what happens next? What kinds of lives do – can – people go on to have? To get a sense of the possibilities, staff writer Melissa Healy interviewed four victims of such injuries and chronicled their lives since the event: Leonard Rugh, shot in 1969 while serving in Vietnam; Matthew Gross, shot on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in 1997; Jackie Nink Pflug, shot in Malta in 1985 during an airplane hijack; Danny Rodriguez, shot in 2009 during a run-in with a gang after a party.
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