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April 30, 2003 | Aparna Kumar, Times Staff Writer
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."
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September 13, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Alfred Gottschalk, a leader of Reform Judaism who ordained the first American woman rabbi and headed Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for three decades, died Saturday in Cincinnati. He was 79. A Hebrew Union official said Gottschalk died from complications following an automobile accident late last year Gottschalk, who escaped the Holocaust as a child in Germany, oversaw the expansion of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform seminary and graduate school with campuses in Los Angeles, New York, Cincinnati and Jerusalem, during 25 years as president.
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April 11, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 3, 2009 | Del Quentin Wilber, Wilber writes for the Washington Post.
The 89-year-old white supremacist accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June had planned the attack for months and was on a suicide mission, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday. The disclosure came during a brief hearing in Washington federal court during which the suspect, James von Brunn, spoke publicly for the first time since the June 10 shooting. "The Constitution guarantees me a speedy and fair trial," Von Brunn said in a halting voice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Max Stodel took off his jacket to display the number the Nazis had tattooed on his left arm a half-century ago: 178621. A photographer in a small room at the Century Plaza snapped a picture, recording the fact that Stodel, a retired ladies garment presser from Culver City, is a survivor of the Holocaust. The photo will become part of the collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, set to open in 1993 in Washington.
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April 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
Visitors waited in line up to four hours to be among the first inside as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened to the public on Monday. Minutes before the doors opened, the Dalai Lama of Tibet toured the museum and prayed for the millions killed in the World War II Holocaust. He was the first of many international spiritual figures expected to visit the building, which was dedicated last week. The first wave of public visitors included many homosexuals, one of the targets of the Nazis.
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June 12, 2009 | Bob Drogin
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.
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April 23, 1993 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a cold rain that fell from leaden skies, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated Thursday at a ceremony where the chants of neo-Nazi protesters served as a reminder that the present is not yet purged of all the hatreds of the past.
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March 4, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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October 6, 1988 | Associated Press
President Reagan unveiled the cornerstone of the Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday and challenged the Soviet Union to relax its restrictions on Jewish emigration, saying, "Let these people go." "In these days of glasnost , we hear talk of liberalizing attitudes toward Judaism in the Soviet Union," the President told about 1,500 people gathered in a tent at the museum site near the Washington Monument.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
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.
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June 12, 2009 | Bob Drogin
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2007 | Arthur Max, Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2007 | Arthur Max, Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
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.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2004 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | From Associated Press
President Clinton welcomed world leaders and Holocaust survivors Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which he said will stand as "a sharp thorn in every national memory." Clinton and his wife, Hillary, joined 900 guests at a reception under a tent on the South Lawn in a steady rain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1999 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 30, 2003 | Aparna Kumar, Times Staff Writer
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 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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