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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 13, 1996 V4, #67
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Hizbullah-Israel Clashes Continue
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem), Edward Yeranian (VOA-Beirut)
Israeli warplanes expanded their strikes in southern and eastern
Lebanon Sunday, and Hizbullah terrorists launched more Katyusha
rockets into northern Israel, in their fourth day of fighting.
Israeli aircraft launched repeated assaults on suspected bases of
the Hizbullah, and targeted a power station and their radio station
as well. The attacks hit sites around the towns of Nabatiyeh and
Tyre, as well as the suburbs of Beirut. Earlier, Israel had warned
the residents of Tyre and 40 nearby villages to leave the area,
potentially bringing to 400,000, the number of refugees created by
the last four days of fighting.
Meanwhile, Katyusha rocket attacks continued Sunday, with several
volleys landing in northern Israel, some in populated areas.
Hizbullah announced it would try to launch Katyushas as far as the
town of Safed, where Israel's Northern Military Command is located.
At least one Katyusha fell short of the border, landing just
outside a post of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
Israel says its offensive in Lebanon will continue until
Hizbullah's ability to launch Katyushas is crippled.
Long lines of cars, trucks, and other vehicles loaded down with
household belongings jammed the coastal highway leading out of
Tyre. For its part, Hizbullah says it shot down an unmanned Israeli
reconnaissance plane over the Bekaa Valley.
Lebanese army anti-aircraft gunners fired into the skies of Beirut
repeatedly throughout the day, launching a hail of bullets at
Israeli helicopter gunships succeeded in bombing an electrical
substation in a Christian suburb of east Beirut. As conditions
deteriorated, radio stations appealed for blood donations, and one
hospital in the town of Nabatiyeh was reported to be running out of
Holocaust Memories Recalled
By Nancy Schwalje (VOA-New York)
A book has been published which combines vivid photos with powerful
stories of survival.
"When they came to take my father," says Adolf Hager, recalling the
night Nazi officers arrived in Vienna, "It was the fear of the
unknown. My mother tried to tear my father out of the SS officer's
grip, and he punched her in the stomach. But she didn't let go.
So he hit her again and she had to let go, because the pain was too
That is one of the 46 brutal partings relived by writer Leora Kahn
and photographer Mark Seliger as they researched their book, "When
They Came to Take My Father -- Voices of the Holocaust." Yet the
young authors say they found a positive side to the stories, a
discovery of strength that enabled these survivors of Nazi
persecution during World War 2 to overcome the unbearable.
"I guess the main focus when people think of survivors is that
everybody was in camps, and you have kind of a destitute, sad
feeling. And I think that our approach to the book was always very
upbeat, it was about how people got through this atrocity and on
top of that it gives you a little information about where they are
now, which is a very positive note. So, it's overcoming your past,
in a sense, as well," said Seliger.
Readers are drawn to the book's compelling photographic portraits
and then become engrossed in the accompanying stories. A woman
in a paint-splattered smock stares down at a recently created piece
of modern art, while the adjacent text relates how she and her
sister celebrated the sabbath by singing songs in a latrine at
Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. Another concentration camp
survivor sits in a wheelchair, her brother standing and embracing
her while both stare somberly at the reader. On the next page,
both are smiling, next to a wry sign on the side of her chair:
"Life is uncertain. Have dessert first."
Photographer Mark Seliger says his experience photographing
survivor Dasha Rittenberg is an example of how the emotional
nature of the topic helped him capture his subjects' character.
After talking to her for about an hour, he recalls, he began taking
pictures. As he was photographing her, she started to cry, but she
did not ask him to stop and kept looking right at the camera.
"As she was looking, a tear fell. And I snapped that and I felt
like I had captured the essence of this person...and also a certain
part of the book, which is that these moments of the past are very,
very, very difficult."
The experience was also emotional for Seliger and Kahn. While not
children of Holocaust survivors, both had visited Auschwitz and
felt that documenting the stories of the survivors was a personal
quest, stemming from a desire to work on a project with a timeless
quality. Kahn says this personal connection made it even more
difficult for her to conduct the interviews for the book's
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