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Tom Tugend, JTA
Tom Tugend, JTA

The infamous 'Burning Pit' used by the Nazis to burn the remains of their Jewish victims in the Ponar forest near Vilnius. (Ezra Wolfinger/WGBH)

Astonishing escape: Holocaust tunnel verified

YOM HASHOAH 5777 LOS ANGELES — A one-hour TV program which aired this week on PBS links an incredible Holocaust escape story to advanced scientific techniques....

Kirk Douglas, right, with son Michael and grandson Dylan at Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah, May, 2014. (Infinity Kornfeld Studios)

Kirk Douglas celebrates his centenary

LOS ANGELES — Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, Dec. 9, and there...

Jalal Masarwa, left, and Lamis Ammar in a scene from 'Sand Storm.' (Vered Adir)

‘Sand Storm’ provides glimpse into Bedouin life

LOS ANGELES — The movie “Sand Storm,” Israel’s entry for Academy Award consideration, has won prestigious awards and glowing reviews in its limited release by...

1913: Jews, Christians, Muslims coexisted

A one-hour PBS special airing June 30 traces the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Palestine in the late Ottoman Empire. “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” starts out one...

American volunteers broke every rule to fight in 1948 war

LOS ANGELES — In May, 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for...

‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portrait

LOS ANGELES — Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg isn’t bothered seeing his years of struggle and triumph portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in “Woman in Gold,” a new...

Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and more

This article was originally published in 1991. In the wake of Leonard Nimoy’s Feb. 27 death, the piece is republished with the permission of the author. LOS ANGELES —...

‘Altina’: thoroughly modern woman of the 20th century

LOS ANGELES — Ambitious girls of yore looking for role models among successful and accomplished women might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia...

Oscar-nominated ‘Omar’ puts Israelis in harsh light

LOS ANGELES — For cinematic observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this is a banner year, with both sides choosing Oscar submissions that center on the Israeli...

‘Hannah Arendt’ captures intensity of intellectual combat

LOS ANGELES — Movie mavens may have to come up with a new genre to classify “Hannah Arendt,” the biopic of the German-Jewish philosopher. New York Times critic A.O....