| Apr 4, 2014
| 7:58 AM
Riccardo Muti, the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will address Northwestern University graduates and receive an honorary degree at commencement in June, the college announced today.
Muti, an Italian who has been with the Chicago...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:40 PM
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, one of the country's leading philanthropies, has awarded the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum $10 million "to ensure the growth, vitality and impact of Holocaust studies in the United States and...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 6:18 PM
When Kurt Herman was 9, living a modest middle-class life with his mother and father on a quiet street in Vienna, the Nazis took over his homeland.
It was essentially a bloodless invasion, an Anschluss — annexation — crafted by Germany and...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 8:16 PM
When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled.
As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded.
"Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys,...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:31 AM
Chris Bosh laughs a knowing laugh. He has to, because the question resonates, and it's part of a shared experience that he'll get to share in person on Thursday night.
So what exactly is it like to be a sidekick to a deity?
| Oct 6, 2013
Under Nazi ideology, German women were supposed to be prodigies of child-bearing and domesticity, leaving the wider world of work — not to mention violence and mass murder — to men.
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 11:41 AM
They had come a long way to see the giant pandas. Several thousand miles, in fact.
But when Muscovites John Boyko and Corina Naraevskaya strolled up leafy Connecticut Avenue to the entrance of the National Zoo Tuesday, they were confronted with a locked...
| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:41 AM
The 10 books on the National Book Awards' longlist for the nonfiction prize include works by some of the nation’s best-known historians, a memoir about a childhood in the shadow of the CIA and bestselling books about America’s economic decline...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:32 PM
Rochus Misch never expressed regret over his wartime service or doubts about the man he and his comrades called "the boss."
Misch was Adolf Hitler's bodyguard, messenger and telephone operator. He had tea and cookies with Hitler's sister in Vienna. He...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 8:35 AM
Lauren Markoe writes for the Religion News Service about losing the generation of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust:
WASHINGTON (RNS) The adult survivors of the Holocaust are mostly gone now, and those who survived as children — and were old enough at...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 11:13 PM
Harry Eisen, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who founded Norco Ranch Inc. in western Riverside County in the 1950s and built it into one of the state's leading egg producers, processors and distributors, has died. He was 95.
Eisen died July 19 of...