| Jul 23, 2014
| 6:45 AM
A recent letter writer likened the current turning away of Latino children with the turning away of potential victims of the Holocaust during the 1930s ("Are we sending migrant children back to their deaths?" July 18).
It seems unimaginable that...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The Bible tells us that all the world's troubles began with Adam and Eve taking fateful bites of forbidden fruit.
The German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder captured the moment in 1530, painting Adam and Eve on paired wooden panels that...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"Why the Germans? Why the Jews?
Envy, race hatred, and the pre-history of the Holocaust."
So asks and answers the well-known author Gotz Aly in his recent book published by Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, and I suppose all this...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 5:55 PM
A chauffeur's happenstance wrong turn down a back street in Sarajevo 100 years ago this week ended in the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Habsburg empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand's murder was the catalyst for the Great War that haunts...
| 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...
| May 25, 2014
| 9:29 AM
Pope Francis made a surprise stop on Sunday at the wall Palestinians abhor as a symbol of Israeli oppression, and later invited presidents from both sides of the divide to the Vatican to pray for peace.
In an image likely to become one of the most...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Fashion designer Edith Flagg was on a trip to Switzerland in the mid-1960s when she encountered, in a shop, a knitted clothing fabric that had a resemblance to wool but didn't much wrinkle.
"I said to the girl, 'What is this?'" Flagg said on the reality...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Nazi crimes against visual art are easy to grasp. We can see images of paintings they stole. We can read about court battles Holocaust victims and their heirs sometimes have fought to get them back.
But how does one show the willful obliteration of...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 5:30 AM
James Conlon's Los Angeles Opera "Recovered Voices" mission of reviving music suppressed by the Nazis has been on hiatus lately, economic recovery being the company's priority. For the time being, the music director has, instead, looked elsewhere, such as...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 4:43 PM
It was a fine April day last week that found Elie Wiesel at Chapman University; it was a fine April day too, 58 years earlier, when the gaunt, teenage Wiesel found himself alive and suddenly free to walk out of the Buchenwald concentration camp. In the...
| May 14, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Picking a volunteer vacation is a lot like dating: The choices are mind-boggling, but finding the right fit takes work. Treat the search like a job.
Opportunities to travel and immerse yourself in a different culture are everywhere. You can enlist...