CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2009 |
Monterey County officials knew James W. von Brunn as a difficult man, a distraught father who insisted in numerous e-mails that the county had bungled its investigation into the death of his 55-year-old son. Now they know Von Brunn, 88, as the alleged shooter at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, a raging anti-Semite and racist who is charged with killing a security guard at the crowded site June 10. Authorities have not found any connection between the two incidents.
June 12, 2009 |
A day after an anti-Semite allegedly shot and killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, experts disagreed about whether it was an isolated event or the latest sign of a growing threat by domestic hate groups. The danger appeared to come from two directions: far-right fanatics who feed on domestic conspiracy theories and Muslim extremists who oppose U.S. policies abroad. Both have launched deadly attacks in recent weeks.
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.
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 11, 2007 |
Google Inc., whose motto is "Don't Be Evil," has launched an initiative designed to highlight some. A scan of the globe using the Google Earth satellite mapping program shows a large swath of Central Africa trimmed in orange. Zoom in and the words "Crisis in Darfur" appear, along with icons of flames marking 1,600 villages destroyed in fighting between government militias and rebels that has led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people.
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.