| Feb 5, 2014
| 1:09 PM
History's next big miniseries will be titled "World Wars," and as the name suggests, it'll be looking at the 30-year span of time that saw World War I and World War II.
History announced the project Wednesday and revealed that the six-part series will...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Olympic swimming champion and sports broadcaster Donna de Varona is reporting for Variety on the scene in Sochi. She has attended every Olympic Games since 1960, with the exception of the 1980 Moscow games.
Never before has the threat of terrorism been...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 6:07 PM
When your previous work includes what is widely considered to be the definitive documentary on the Holocaust, how do you follow that up? French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann has returned over the years to the material that went into the making of his 9 1/2-...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Since 1946, the San Diego Museum of Art has owned an appealing vision of happy prosperity: Frans Hals' 1630s painting of a plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch merchant whose expression and body language exude confidence, security and bonhomie.
In the early 1990s,...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Right at the start of Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play," now at the Odyssey Theatre, a religious crisis of the kind Freud would have appreciated erupts.
The actress playing Mary in the town's religious pageant secretly has the hots for the young hunk...
| Jan 28, 2014
While Germany sits in the driver's seat of Europe's economy, it doesn't take a cultural backseat either. Here are a few of the latest developments:
Berlin is trying to finish construction of its new, 5 billion-euro (nearly $7 billion USD) airport:...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Is John F. Kerry the 21st century’s Neville Chamberlain? And is it true that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
Certainly that’s what critics of the nuclear deal with Iran that the secretary of State helped...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"The Book Thief," the handsome, inevitable adaptation of Markus Zusak's internationally bestselling novel, unfolds as a curiosity on the big screen.
Centered on a war-afflicted girl who develops a passion for books, it features little discussion of...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 2:53 PM
It's Friday morning in Skokie, and several elementary school kids are huddling around two large TV screens, intently watching Sam Harris describe what happened to him during the Holocaust and how he's trying to prevent it from happening again to...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:12 PM
LONDON — The elderly gentleman appeared nervous when authorities questioned him during a customs check aboard a train from Switzerland to Germany. He was carrying about $12,000 in cash, just within the legal limit.
But a feeling that something was...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:56 PM
Q. How many Jews in Germany have been killed or have committed suicide in the last seven or eight years? L.H.
A. Since 1933, 20,000 Jews are reported to have committed suicide and 8,000 to have been murdered by the Nazis.
Question & Answer column of The...