August 6, 2007 |
JERUSALEM -- The climate-controlled room whirs with electronics. A digital recorder copies a 46-year-old video of the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Other machines digitize audio testimonies taped by Holocaust survivors. Microfilmed war documents flash across a digital scanner at two images per second, or 5 million a month. Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial is getting its huge archive ready to go online. In Washington, the U.S.
April 22, 2004 |
Diplomat James Grover McDonald passed through the history of the 20th century like a privileged bit player. He met with Adolf Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt and was intimately involved in the birth of Israel as Harry S. Truman's first envoy to the fledgling nation -- faithfully recording his encounters in a massive cache of private diaries. McDonald's detailed accounts remained hidden for decades, unavailable to diplomatic historians until this week, when the U.S.
April 30, 2003 |
Glimpsing the Nazi labor camp at Auschwitz for the first time, Samuel Spiegel thought to himself: "This is the end." That was in 1944. He was 20. He had arrived at the camp on a cramped cattle car with his sweetheart, Regina Gutman, 18, whom he had met in a slave labor camp for Jews in Pionki, Poland. "The minute they got us out of the train, they separated us," Regina said. "I thought that none of us will ever make it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1999 |
It was May 1939, and the luxury liner St. Louis set sail from Hamburg, Germany, with 937 passengers, almost all of them Jews fleeing the Nazis. The ship reached Havana on May 27, but Cuba, already awash in Jewish immigrants from Europe, denied the passengers entry. The ship then headed for the Florida coast--and with the lights of Miami twinkling in the distance--the passengers sent pleas for admission to the United States.
April 27, 1997 |
Summarizing three seasons in this series, these CDs represent composers who did not survive the Holocaust, who wrote while imprisoned, or who connect to that era in pre- and postwar writing. The high quality of unfamiliar music by Paul Ben-Haim, Olivier Messiaen and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco earns admiration, as do lesser works by David Diamond, George Perle, Herman Berlinski and Robert Starer. Most engaging on Vol.
March 4, 1995 |
The newly selected director of the United States Holocaust Museum, under fire for questionable academic conduct, has resigned two weeks before he was to take office. Steven R. Katz sent a letter of resignation to the museum Friday, saying the "frivolous and non-meritorious allegations which have been asserted would unduly distract" from the work of the museum.