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>PD Dec. 3, 1996, Vol. 4, No. 218
Eva Braun play panned by critics in Berlin
A play dramatizing the life of Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's lover
of 16 years, was panned Sunday by critics who found the "girlfriend
of a mass murderer" more banal than intriguing. "Eva, Hitler's
Geliebte" opened in Berlin to a sell-out audience. It presents a
controversial sympathetic portrait of Braun during the Nazi Third
Reich. The monologue, starring Corinna Harfouch, condenses the time
between Hitler and Braun's wedding and their suicide together in
his bunker two days later, into a 90-minute one-woman show.
UK Press: Thousands of Jews Served in Nazi Army
The London Daily Telegraph reported Monday that thousands of
soldiers served in the German army during World War II, and
participated in the extermination of other Jews.
The newspaper said Hitler knew at least 24 of his senior officers
were born Jewish and that they had signed documents declaring
Am American history student at Oxford University, Bryan Rigg, said
his research has verified that Field Marshal Erhard Milch, deputy
to Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering, was half Jewish, and that
Goering, Hitler's chosen successor, knew Milch's background and
falsified documents to cover up his Jewish heritage.
Rigg spoke with hundreds of former soldiers and their families and
examined personnel files that were located in the German federal
The Eldridge Street Synagogue
By Julio Alejo (VOA-New York)
Four generations of New Yorkers celebrated the recent designation
of a century-old synagogue in the city as a historic landmark.
One hundred ten years after its construction as the first great
house of worship built by east European Jewish immigrants in New
York City, the Eldridge Street Synagogue has been designated a
national historic landmark.
The synagogue lost much of its congregation in recent years as the
Jewish population of its Lower East Side neighborhood moved
elsewhere. But the synagogue never closed completely. While its
main sanctuary was not used for more than 40 years, its lower level
was open for a small group of worshippers. Ten years ago, some New
Yorkers decided to renovate the historic building.
Roberta Gratz is president of the group in charge of renovating
the synagogue, the Eldridge Street Project. She says the synagogue
was built by some of the first Jewish immigrants who came to New
York from countries in east Europe where they never had the chance
"When they realized that they were in this country, and in a
country where freedom to worship was part of the fabric of the
country, they were able to build their own synagogue, and
gloriously and extravagantly built a building that says 'I am
Jewish. I am proud I am in America.'"
To celebrate the official designation of the Eldridge Street
Synagogue as a historic landmark, descendants of the original
congregation were invited to return to the place where their
parents and grandparents once worshipped. There they met Max Smith,
an 82 year-old former member of the congregation.
"I can go back from memory about 70 or some-odd years ago. The
building itself is beautiful in my eyes as it was 70 years or more
ago because I visualize what exactly was here and is here at the
present time. I am happy, what is being done is needless to say, I
am very happy that people came forward and are doing what they are
doing to accomplish this great thing, and that it will be a living
monument for generations to come."
Hadassah Musher's father and grandfather were also members of the
congregation. "My grandfather used to attend services here, and he
brought my father here when he was a child. My father was bar
mitzvahed here. My father was Mordecai M. Kaplan, the founder of
the Jewish Reconstructionist movement. He wrote in his journal that
he remembered coming to this synagogue and sitting here with his
father and studying with his father."
Among the speakers at the ceremony marking the synagogue's new
landmark status was Judge Paul Bookson, president of the
congregation. He said the history of the synagogue reflects the
experience of many Jewish people who came to the United States in
search of religious freedom.
"The story of this synagogue parallels the most significant period
in the history of our people. The bricks of this building, the
mortar and the stones contain the tears, the hopes, the prayers and
the aspirations of all those who have been connected with this
synagogue over the period of 110 years."
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