December 7, 2007 |
When Bill Connelly heard that the heirs of a collector of Jewish memorial books were cleaning out his library, he rushed to New York and fished dozens of the Yiddish-language volumes out of a municipal trash bin. With their lists of residents from long-vanished European communities -- sometimes recorded street by street -- the books often are all that's left of entire villages or neighborhoods consumed in the Nazi genocide of World War II.
November 5, 2006 |
Dina Babbitt once made a deal with Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi doctor who subjected concentration-camp prisoners to horrendous medical experiments. He needed someone to illustrate his perverse racial theories with portraits of Auschwitz's Gypsy prisoners, an inferior group according to Nazi ideology. A trained artist, she agreed to do the work as the price of saving her mother, as well as herself, from the concentration camp's gas chamber.
February 8, 2006 |
A director at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was named Tuesday to head the museum that will commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City. Alice M. Greenwald will oversee the creation of the World Trade Center Memorial Museum, an underground gallery of exhibits planned next to the memorial that marks the footprint of the destroyed twin towers. Groundbreaking is scheduled for next month; the museum and memorial are slated to open in 2009.
August 18, 2003 |
U.S. officials want Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to visit a Holocaust museum. They have the right idea but the wrong museum. The museum they have in mind is in Washington. The one to which he should go is in Jerusalem. Abbas wrote a book that distorted, denied or minimized core facts of Holocaust history.
June 26, 2002 |
Elie Wiesel had a mission: to see that the memoirs of Holocaust survivors made it into print. But the Nobel Peace Prize winner and author couldn't find anyone--not mainstream publishers, not even Jewish organizations--who wanted to take on the task. Wiesel says this situation reflects what happened right after World War II, when "nobody wanted to publish these stories. They were too sad, too morbid. Then, at one point, there were too many.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1998 |
John K. Roth can perhaps be forgiven for not expecting controversy when he won a high-ranking federal position in Washington. He was, after all, going to direct research and scholarship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a job more academic than political. But before Roth, a Claremont McKenna College philosophy professor and respected Holocaust scholar, could even head East, he came under attack by no less than the Jewish press, national columnist George Will and a couple of congressmen.