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Claude Lanzmann of ‘Shoah’ (1985) offers another painful documentary

Claude Lanzmann of ‘Shoah’ (1985) offers another painful documentary

LOS ANGELES — When French director Claude Lanzmann finished filming and editing his eight-hour epic “Shoah” in 1985, he still had stashed away nearly 11 hours of interviews with one man.

The man was Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Jewish council, or Judenrat, in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) ghetto in Czechoslovakia and the only Nazi-installed “elder of the Jews” not killed during the Holocaust.

Compressed into the 3 1/2-hour documentary “The Last of the Unjust,” the interviews conducted in 1975 reveal a man then 70 years old who, in Lanzmann’s estimation, was highly intelligent, ironic, did not lie, was hard on others and on himself, and was blessed with total recall.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:56 )

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‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritage

‘Monuments Men’ recalls Allied effort to save Europe’s heritageBOSTON — There’s nothing like a star-studded Hollywood movie to shine a light on a little-known piece of history. That’s the hope of Robert Edsel, who wrote the book that inspired “The Monuments Men,” the George Clooney-Matt Damon film that opens today, Feb. 7, in theaters across the country. The all-star cast also includes Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. Clooney, who directed the film, teamed to write and produce it with Gr...

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 February 2014 08:14 )

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Israelis at Olympics

Israelis at OlympicsHACKENSACK, NJ — Evgeni Krasnapolsky and Andrea Davidovich glide around the ice, shadowing one another to the accompaniment of Nino Rota’s “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.” At a rink in this New York City suburb, the figure-skating pair are refining their long program a few weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opening today, Feb. 7. Krasnapolsky, 25, and Davidovich, 16, are practicing their choreographed hand holding, lifts and throws at the indoor Ice House complex, wh...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:12 )

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Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murder

Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murderSAINTE-GENEVIEVE-DES-BOIS, France — The phone calls from Africa, the calm demeanor of the suspects and their extreme caution left no doubt in the minds of detectives working the Ilan Halimi case: They were up against an international ring of professional kidnappers. It would be more than three weeks after Halimi’s abduction, when the young Jewish phone salesman was found dying on a suburban Paris field in February, 2006, that police finally realized their mistake: A gang of local amateurs h...
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Digging for spiritual growth on Tu b’Shvat

Digging for spiritual growth on Tu b’ShvatLOS ANGELES — While my neighbors were putting their Christmas trees to the curb, in what seems like a ritual of replacement, I was preparing to plant for Tu b’Shvat. My friend Freda recently presented me a cutting from an Angel’s trumpet — a small tree with beautiful, large, pendulous white flowers that grows in her yard — and to observe the New Year of the Trees on Jan. 16, I wanted to get it in the ground. Looking around the garage for a shovel, I wondered if there were a Jewish ce...

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 January 2014 03:47 )

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