| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer during Tuesday's council meeting demanded an apology from a local blogger who posted online comments comparing the way he runs the city to Adolf Hitler.
Eastside resident Geoff West alluded to the Nazi dictator in an...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:40 AM
Tales of My Large, Loud, Spiritual Family
KAA Publishing; 176 pages
Every so often I encounter people who claim to have mystical perceptions — a classmate who insisted that he once lived in a haunted house and saw the devil...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The 1939 sailing of the German ship the St. Louis -- popularized in the book and movie "Voyage of the Damned" -- was a painful precursor to the Holocaust. Now, 75 years later, a November cruise will recall some of that ill-fated trip.
The hopes of the...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:46 AM
If you've ever been to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, you may recall the installation that tracks the rise of the Third Reich in Germany. One of the early scenes depicts an outdoor cafe in Berlin in the early 1930s where customers talk casually...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 7:03 AM
The son of infamous German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, who helped Adolf Hitler hoard art looted from Jews during the Holocaust, says he’s now willing to return works his father had acquired to the heirs of their victimized owners.
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
She noticed. Talking about Moscow's not very disguised invasion of Crimea, Hillary Clinton made the obvious comparison with Hitler's seizure of one piece of Europe after another in the 1930s:
"Now if this sounds familiar," she told a fundraising luncheon...
| 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...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 9:06 PM
Perhaps the darkest episode in human history, the Holocaust has been at the center of Jewish and world consciousness for over six decades. In the spring of 1940, France was invaded and occupied by Nazi troops. Both my parents and grandparents, who were...
| 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,...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:53 AM
The U.S. Navy, which earlier began allowing "humanist" as a designated religious preference despite the fact that many humanists are atheists, recently rejected its first application from a humanist chaplain.
Days later, the U.S. Senate approved a...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 1:16 PM
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz had a personal stake in spending a recent Monday evening glimpsing ominous diary passages penned by a close confidant of Adolf Hitler.
"This is part of my family's narrative, and a...