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  • Jewish characters, actors prominent in two new films

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (JTA) — Hollywood is ringing in the new year with two films of more than passing Jewish interest. “I’m Not Rappaport,” Herb Gardner’s bittersweet comedy about two octogenarians, one Jewish and the other black, has lost none of its pungency in its translation from stage to screen. Gardner adapted his 1985…

  • Film depicts Swedish pilgrims in Jerusalem during 19th century

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (JTA) — In 1896, some 40 men, women and children from a small village in northern Sweden sold their farms and worldly belongings to live in the holy city of Jerusalem and serve God. What possessed these people to pull up centuries-old roots and venture to an unknown and barren land?…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israeli scholar’s appointment to Swiss body filled with irony

    LOS ANGELES, May 11 (JTA) — There lurks an almost unbearable irony in the appointment of Saul Friedlander to an international commission of nine eminent historians to probe, evaluate and ultimately judge Switzerland’s role and conduct during World War II. Nearly 55 years ago, on Sept. 29, 1942, Friedlander’s Czech- born parents tried to cross…

  • Wiesenthal Center sponsors display in Rose Bowl parade

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (JTA) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has announced that it will enter a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The New Year’s Day parade is expected to be seen worldwide by 450 million television viewers. The float, honoring baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is believed to be the first such entry…

  • Wiesenthal Center pursues plans for Jerusalem museum of tolerance

    LOS ANGELES, May 27 (JTA) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center is fully committed to building a $50 million museum in Jerusalem, despite skepticism expressed by some Holocaust scholars. “We are close to acquiring a property and are putting together an advisory board in Israel, whose members will range from the far left to fervently Orthodox…

  • Film on 1946 Kielce pogrom stirs Polish American protest

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (JTA) — A film dramatizing a 1946 pogrom in Poland has gained international attention after the Berlin studios of the film’s German-Jewish producer were largely destroyed in what police called an arson fire. The film, “From Hell to Hell,” premiered in Los Angeles two weeks ago in an open screening at…

  • 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…