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April 23, 1992 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Jan Olszewski led a somber ceremony Wednesday marking the 49th anniversary of the doomed revolt by Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto against their Nazi overlords. Tens of thousands died of disease or were killed in the walled-off ghetto from 1940 to 1943.
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OPINION
January 8, 2012
One man's legacy Re "Paying homage to a Holocaust survivor's firm grip on life," Column, Jan. 4 I've read Kurt Streeter's column on Warsaw ghetto uprising survivor Leon Weinstein several times; with each read, its impact becomes more profound. Having married the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I've come to learn from a firsthand perspective that Weinstein's story mirrors that of so many others I've heard. As tragic as these memories are, they are nevertheless exceeded by the unimaginable courage of those who survived and went on to build new lives.
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NEWS
February 27, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The pediatrician who only recently broke a five-decade silence to describe how she fed fatal doses of morphine to children in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw to save them from greater terrors has died. Adina Blady Szwajger was 75 and one of the few remaining survivors of World War II's infamous Warsaw ghetto when she died Feb. 19 of pancreatic cancer in the Polish city of Lodz, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. She had been under the care of Dr.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
The novels of Richard Zimler shine compelling light on overlooked aspects of history - and along the way they provide plenty of myth and lore to delight any student of esoterica. "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon" (2000), for instance, describes the mystical practices of 16th century kabbalists as it explores the plight of Jews in Inquisition-era Spain. Other novels of his, including "Guardian of the Dawn" and "Hunting Midnight," explore storylines that are like intriguing variations on what one finds in "Kabbalist.
NEWS
April 18, 1988 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
About 5,000 Poles staged an unauthorized rally here Sunday to commemorate the heroes of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising and marched along the route by which condemned Jews were taken for deportation to Nazi concentration camps. The marchers were mostly Poles who sympathize with the idea of remembering the World War II uprising, but they also included a broad cross section of dissident and opposition groups.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 1992 | T. H. McCULLOH, T.H. McCulloh writes regularly about theater for Calendar.
It happened in the Warsaw Ghetto. It's a true story. And it could happen again. Swastikas are being splashed across Los Angeles synagogue doors; vandals are trashing Jewish schools and business establishments in the San Fernando Valley. It's time people were reminded about what happened half a century ago. They seem to have forgotten. Jack Eisner lived through it then.
NEWS
April 20, 1997 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" / 8 p.m. Showtime Oscar nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl ("Shine") stars in a somber, well-acted remake of Rod Serling's story about events leading to the Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943. The German actor plays Adam Heller, a rabbi with an ailing daughter (Elina Lowensohn) and an angry son (Don McKellar). Charles Dance ("Rebecca") is their tormentor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joseph Greenblatt had vengeance in his heart and arsenic in his pocket as he fought the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto. He would kill as many Germans as he could, and not be taken alive to be gassed in a death camp. That was more than half a century ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2011 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
She was Jewish, but to live she needed a Christian name. She could not be Natalie Leya Weinstein, not in wartime Warsaw. Her father wrote her new name on a piece of paper. Natalie Yazinska. Her mother, Sima, sobbed. "The little one must make it," Leon Weinstein told his wife. "We got no chance. But the little one, she is special. She must survive. " Photos: A wartime sacrifice and a father's quest He fixed a metal crucifix to a necklace and hung it on their daughter.
NEWS
April 19, 1988
Hundreds of Jews from all over the world, some weeping, lit memorial candles at the site of the Treblinka death camp in Poland where the Nazis murdered 300,000 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto. Earlier, many watched the unveiling in Warsaw of a striking new monument at the former Umschlagplatz (Loading Square) where in 1942-43 the Nazis put ghetto residents on trains for Treblinka.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2011 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
She was Jewish, but to live she needed a Christian name. She could not be Natalie Leya Weinstein, not in wartime Warsaw. Her father wrote her new name on a piece of paper. Natalie Yazinska. Her mother, Sima, sobbed. "The little one must make it," Leon Weinstein told his wife. "We got no chance. But the little one, she is special. She must survive. " Photos: A wartime sacrifice and a father's quest He fixed a metal crucifix to a necklace and hung it on their daughter.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Mark Twain famously said that politicians, old buildings and prostitutes become respectable with age. To that category, a provocative and disturbing new documentary claims, you can add Nazi propaganda films. "A Film Unfinished," directed by Yael Hersonski, focuses on about an hour of incomplete Nazi footage shot in the infamous Warsaw Ghetto in May 1942, just months before the ghetto was liquidated and its half a million Jewish residents sent to their deaths. That footage, found without sound or credits, was discovered in cans labeled simply "The Ghetto" in a concrete vault hidden in a forest.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2010 | By Gary Goldstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, Yael Hersonski was struck by an unthinkable concept: In the foreseeable future, there would be no Holocaust survivors left to bear witness to the atrocities they once experienced. So the Israeli filmmaker set out to find the kind of unforgettable footage she might cinematically use to help keep this horrific chapter of history alive. What Hersonski uncovered, with an assist from producer Noemi Schory, was a 62-minute, 35-millimeter rough cut of a never-released 1942 Nazi propaganda film simply labeled "Das Ghetto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 90. Edelman died of old age at the family home of his friend Paula Sawicka, where he had lived for the last two years. "He died at home, among friends, among his close people," Sawicka said. Most of Edelman's adult life was dedicated to the defense of human life, dignity and freedom. He fought the Nazis in the doomed Warsaw ghetto revolt and later in the Warsaw Uprising.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2009 | Louise Steinman, Steinman, author of "The Souvenir," is at work on "The Crooked Mirror: A Conversation With Poland."
Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto Samuel D. Kassow Vintage: 524 pp., $16.95 paper -- Emanuel Ringelblum was an inveterate optimist who, in 1930s Warsaw, believed that Polish Jewry had a future. Neither warnings from colleagues nor pleadings from in-laws persuaded the historian and political activist to leave the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A TV movie about the life of Holocaust hero Irena Sendler, who died Monday at age 98 in Poland, is being readied for production and will air next season on CBS under the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" banner. "The Irena Sendler Story" is based on an authorized biography of the woman credited with rescuing some 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, Hallmark said. The company said it struck a deal with Sendler and her family in 2007.
BOOKS
June 5, 1994 | ERIKA TAYLOR
RESISTANCE: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Israel Gutman. (Houghton Mifflin: $24.95; 271 pp.) In the spring of 1943, Nazi troops were ordered to evacuate all Jews from the Warsaw ghetto where they had been forced to live, and put them on cattle cars headed for the death camps. A few hundred Jews, practically unarmed and hopelessly outnumbered, fought back. "Resistance," by Israel Gutman, is the dramatic story of the Warsaw ghetto from its creation to its awful, bloody end.
BOOKS
February 18, 2007 | Cynthia L. Haven, Cynthia L. Haven writes regularly for the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her "Czes{lstrok}aw Milosz: Conversations" was published last year.
IN his poem "Campo dei Fiori," Czeslaw Milosz grimly recalls the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. As Jews were massacred, the crowds just outside cavorted on sky carousels to a carnival tune: The bright melody drowned the salvos from the ghetto wall, and couples were flying high in the cloudless sky. Jerzy Andrzejewski, a friend and fellow witness, also watched the extermination of the Warsaw ghetto and wrote grippingly about the same carousels in his novel "Holy Week."
BOOKS
December 19, 2004 | John Lukacs, John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, including "Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred," to be published by Yale University Press in February.
We judge the relative importance of events from their consequences. The consequences of the first world war were greater than those of the second. Yet many events during World War II were more dramatic and tragic than events during World War I. And perhaps the most dramatic and tragic of such events was the Warsaw uprising in 1944 (not to be confused with the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of the previous year). Five years before, Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia had conquered all of Poland.
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