| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Wedged between Germany and Austria, the Czech Republic is one of the most comfortable and easy-to-explore countries of the former Warsaw Pact. And if you venture into towns and villages away from Prague, you'll find undiscovered historic districts,...
| Jan 17, 2014
If comedy springs from childhood misery, Gary Shteyngart, one of the funniest writers in America, must have had a truly awful childhood.
And so he did, as we learn in his simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking new memoir, "Little Failure."
| Nov 10, 2013
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them — his parents included — in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland.
A few months later, he too was forced out of...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 8:16 PM
When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled.
As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded.
"Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys,...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 10:41 AM
The recently revealed discovery of more than 1,400 works of art stashed away in an apartment in Munich, Germany, could pose a number of legal challenges for individuals looking to make a claim, an art expert said in an interview.
Officials in Germany...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 3:16 PM
The Alan Grayson spin machine had been running full speed.
The storyline — promoted by Grayson's handlers and the media — was that Central Florida's firebrand liberal congressman was no longer a bomb-thrower.
No more calling female...
| Oct 6, 2013
Under Nazi ideology, German women were supposed to be prodigies of child-bearing and domesticity, leaving the wider world of work — not to mention violence and mass murder — to men.
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The callousness, the sheer idiocy, of some organizations never ceases to amaze me.
A month after the slaughter of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the National Rifle Association has released a new game that...
| Mar 23, 2014
If you live in the United States, it's easy to be lulled into thinking that the battle for broader civil rights for gay people is nearly over. The last few years have brought important victories in courts, legislatures and at the ballot box, and...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:23 AM
Paul Ranis didn't know much about his father's German upbringing.
So the Pembroke Pines resident was honored when Peter Ranis invited him to Germany for the 75th commemoration of Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass."
The government of...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 4:44 PM
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years.
A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world.
So it was at...