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  • Around the Jewish World Returning to Berlin, Survivor Finds Closure in a Changed City

    Ilona Blech remembers little from her childhood in Berlin: a teacher, an Orthodox synagogue, her parents’ clothing store. And she remembers Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when Nazis destroyed synagogues and Jewish property across Germany. Mostly, though, her impressions of the period are amorphous. So recently, Blech, 76, who lives with her 78-year-old husband, Samuel,… More ▸

  • As Belzec Death Camp Memorial Opens, Poles Pay Respect and Jews Remember

    Norbert Dikales, 75, walked down a pathway that goes 30 feet below ground and descended into a nightmare. For the first time in his life this week, Dikales, of Bethesda, Md., was visiting the notorious Belzec death camp in Poland, where his parents and most of his family were killed. They were among an estimated… More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5763 September 2002

    TEL AVIV — The trial of Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian militia leader accused of orchestrating terrorist attacks that left scores of Israelis dead, opens in a Tel Aviv court. MONTREAL Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a speech at Montreal’s Concordia University after pro-Palestinian rioters wreak havoc. Police fire tear gas as protesters throw… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A British man who saved 669 Czechoslovak children from the Nazis was given a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honors List. Nicholas Winton, 93, organized nine Kindertransport trains to bring the children from Prague to Britain in 1938-1939, but did not tell anyone about his activities for 50 years. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Detective Writer Explores Holocaust As Way to Deal with Her Family’s Past

    Fans of Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski detective novels are used to following Vic, the hard-edged but soft-hearted Chicago private investigator, unravel interlocking stories of white collar crime and corruption. While there’s plenty of crime and corruption in “Total Recall,” the V.I. Warshawski novel recently released in paperback, there’s also something new: the story of Lotty… More ▸

  • New Group for Child Survivors of Shoah Has European Focus

    A new pan-European organization will reach out to Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust who are not yet represented by other groups. The European Association of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust, formed in Prague, will represent the interests of European child survivors in dealing with institutions such as the Claims Conference, and will encourage… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture: Documentary on Refugee Children During World War Ii Wins and Oscar

    A Holocaust survivor, a legendary folk singer and a documentary on refugee children during the Nazi era were among the Jewish artists and themes sharing the spotlight during this year’s Academy Awards ceremonies. Branko Lustig, who was a child prisoner in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, won his second Oscar on Sunday night for co-producing best picture… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A Jewish-themed film was named best documentary feature at the Academy Award ceremonies. “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” chronicles the rescue of some 10,000 children from Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia before World War II, their reception in Britain and their lives after the war. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture: Film on Jewish Refugee Children Gets Oscar Nod for Documentaries

    A film on the Nazi-era rescue of refugee children, most of them Jewish, has been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary feature category. “Into the Arms of Stranger: Stories of the Kindertransport” chronicles the rescue of some 10,000 children from Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the 18 months leading up to World War… More ▸