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  • Grad student uncovers Jews who fought for Adolf Hitler

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26 (JTA) — Thousands of soldiers and officers of Jewish descent fought in Hitler’s armies, with his full approval, while their relatives were transported to extermination camps. In one instance, Hitler personally suspended his Nuremberg racial laws to designate a list of 77 high-ranking Wehrmacht officers of “mixed Jewish race or married…

  • Rhodes Jewish community featured in documentary film

    LOS ANGELES, April 2 (JTA) — Every summer, more than 100 Jewish immigrants from Rhodes, with their Los Angeles-born children and grandchildren, take the ferry to the island of Catalina, Calif. There, they frolic on the beaches and feast on the home-baked delicacies of their ancestral Mediterranean island. The outing is like a voyage into…

  • Archives of Jewish composer to move from U.S. to Austria

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (JTA) — The Arnold Schoenberg Institute, which holds one of the world’s most valuable musical archives, is leaving Los Angeles for Vienna. The decision by Schoenberg’s heirs has been sharply denounced by some university scholars, who point to the Austrian capital’s long history of anti-Semitism before and during the World War…

  • Agreement reached to move composer’s archives to Vienna

    LOS ANGELES, April 10 (JTA) — The much-contested musical archives of Arnold Schoenberg will soon move to Vienna, the composer’s two sons announced this week. In a news conference Monday at the Austrian Consulate here, Lawrence and Ronald Schoenberg said the opening of the new Arnold Schoenberg Center is slated for spring 1998. When first…

  • Invite to prominent journalist sparks flap between ADL and ZOA

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (JTA) — When the Anti-Defamation League’s regional chapter hosts its annual dinner-dance here on Sunday, the usual good fellowship will be spiced by a controversy over the evening’s keynote speaker. He is Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ well-known foreign affairs columnist, whose appearance has been sharply attacked by Morton Klein,…

  • Leading Conservative rabbi steps up conversion efforts

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (JTA) — The query came to Rabbi Harold Schulweis by e-mail. “I am an 86-year old man and I want to become a Jew,” said the sender. “But I am worried about having to be circumcised.” Schulweis responded, in part: “Abraham was 90 when he was circumcised, so you have four…

  • Galilee Orchestra joint project of Israeli Arab, Jewish musicians

    LOS ANGELES, April 20 (JTA) — Shortly after the Israeli-Palestinian peace process got underway, composer Nabil Azzam met with Yasser Arafat and offered the Palestinian leader a new national anthem for his nascent Palestinian Authority. The anthem, the Christian Arab from Nazareth proposed, would include strains from Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, to symbolize the…

  • Israeli diplomats advised on dealing with U.S. media

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (JTA) — Sitting around a table, a dozen Israeli consuls, representing their country across the United States, listened intently as Alan Rappoport explained how to deal with the American media. “Keep it short. Formulate your message in 45 seconds,” said Rappoport, a media consultant. “Avoid jargon. Think before you talk. Know…

  • Times columnist addresses ADL despite efforts to thwart event

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (JTA) — New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said this week that efforts to prevent him from addressing an Anti-Defamation League function were “not about my views, but whether certain elements can tell us what to think and who has the right to talk.” “I can take care of myself,” Friedman…

  • Canada knowingly admitted SS members after World War II

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (JTA) — The Canadian government, with British complicity, admitted more than 2,000 members of a notorious Ukrainian Waffen-SS division in 1950, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has charged. In a related case, the CBS news program “60 Minutes” reported that about 1,000 SS men and Nazi collaborators, mainly from the Baltic states,…