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Holocaust Holograms

Video blogger Aaron Herman speaks with Paul Debevec of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies about their partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to create holograms of holocaust survivors telling their stories.

The Power of Jonas Salk And William Shatner: A Pakistani View Of Jews

An opinion piece in the Malaysia Chronicle by Dr. Farrukh Saleem, a freelance journalist from Islamabad, Pakistan, caught our eye because of its ominous headline: “Why are Jews So Powerful?”

But far from being another anti-Semitic diatribe, Saleem tries to stick to these facts: there are 14 million Jews in the world -- one  Jew for every 100 Muslims – “yet Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together.”

Education made Jewish celebrities successful, wrote Dr. Farrukh Saleeem.

The Nazis and Spielberg: The Coming Storm

Nothing quite gets the public going like a Spielberg movie.  Even if you hate his movies (not that I do), it's hard to avoid the excitement they engender. Especially come Christmas.  This year, Spielberg's big holiday release, you may have heard, is "The Adventures of Tintin," an animated 3D film about the legendary children's book.  And this year, I'm predicting a minor controversy about it.

Jewish Talent Shines at 2011 Academy Awards

02/28/2011

LOS ANGELES (JTA) -- A minyan of Jewish talent garnered coveted Oscar statuettes during the 2011 Academy Award ceremony.

In the opening montage of the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night, hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway played with a dreidel, which proved to be an omen that a good night awaited Jewish talent.

Israel-born Natalie Portman, beaming and proudly pregnant, walked off with the best actress trophy for her portrayal of a tortured ballerina in “Black Swan.”

Fashionable Skepticism: Claude Lanzmann Attacks Spielberg

With all do respect to Claude Lanzmann, the director of the revered Holocaust documentary "Shoah," which gets re-released this Friday, I don't like his attitude these days.  In an interview with The New York Times published today, Lanzmann criticized mainstream Holocaust movies like "Schindler's List" and "Life is Beautiful."  And on Spielberg's decidely un-populist project t

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