HOLOCAUST EVENTS JOIN PAST, PRESENT.Byline: Erik N. Nelson Staff Writer
Dave Lux was only 6 years old in Czechoslovakia when he last saw his parents, Mordechai and Esther Pinkasovic.
``I was upset, seeing my mother cry that way,'' said Lux, now a 68-year- old Northridge real estate agent. ``I didn't know, Why the fuss? I thought we were just going on a trip somewhere, a vacation.''
Lux and his brother, Herman Pinkasovic, were among 669 Jewish children who were rescued from Czechoslovakia - and the hands of the Nazis - in 1939 by an Englishman who learned of their plight while on a skiing vacation. Lux's parents, along with the parents of the other children, perished in concentration camps during the Holocaust, along with 6 million other European Jews.
On Tuesday, in an observance of Yom HaShoah Yom HaShoah (Yom HaZikaron laShoah Ve'laGvura) (יום השואה , יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה), translated - Holocaust Remembrance Day - Lux's savior, Englishman Nicholas Winton Sir Nicholas Winton MBE (born May 19 1909) is a Briton who organized the rescue of about 669 mostly Jewish Czech children from their doomed fate in the Nazi death camps prior to the outbreak of World War II in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport. , was recognized at the Simon Wiesenthal Center This article is currently semi-protected to prevent sock puppets of currently blocked or banned users from editing it. Museum of Tolerance The Museum of Tolerance is a multimedia museum in Los Angeles, California, with an associated museum in New York City, designed to examine racism and prejudice in the United States and the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust. as ``Righteous Among the Nations Righteous among the Nations (Hebrew: חסידי אומות העולם, Chassidey Umot HaOlam .'' It is the same honor accorded to Oskar Schindler Oskar Schindler (28 April 1908 – 9 October 1974) was a Sudeten German industrialist credited with saving almost 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, by having them work in his enamelware and ammunitions factories located in Poland and what is now the Czech Republic. of the Academy Award- winning film, ``Schindler's List,'' and other non-Jews who helped save Jews during the Holocaust.
The program in West Los Angeles
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Another event, Generations of Holocaust Survivors Remember, brought together survivors, family and friends ``to remember the heroes and martyrs of the Holocaust'' in Mount Sinai Memorial Park in West Los Angeles.
Several of the Jewish leaders who spoke at Tuesday's Wiesenthal Center observance urged Americans to rally behind the embattled nation of Israel, which, they pointed out, grew out of Jews' passion for a homeland after the Holocaust
Yuval Rotem, consul general of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, also decried the recent ``resurgence of anti-Semitism,'' citing attacks on Jewish synagogues and cemeteries in France and Belgium and in political circles, where Israel has been accused of using radioactive bullets and injecting Palestinian babies with the AIDS virus AIDS virus
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And more subtly, Rotem maintained, there is ``a more acceptable form of anti-Semitism, which is called anti-Zionism'' or opposition to the existence of Israel.
To his ``American friends,'' Rotem implored:
``It is only with you that we can proclaim with confidence and strength: Never again!''
Rabbi Marvin Heir, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, gave an impassioned plea for the defense of Israel, which ``once again, with the exception of the United States, stands alone.''
``Let us remember that if those suicide bombers on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv today are not defeated, then tomorrow they will bring their brand of insanity to the streets of America, the streets of England and the streets of Spain,'' Heir said. ``This is not only Israel's fight, it is mankind's fight.''
After living for 10 years in Great Britain
Speaking at the Wiesenthal Center, Mayor James Hahn decried ``signs of intolerance all over the place,'' including recent hate crimes in Los Angeles.
``You cannot say you're for peace if you continue to preach hatred and lies and intolerance,'' Hahn said, prompting vigorous applause.
(1 -- 2) Barbara Winton and her daughter, Holly Watson, above left, await a presentation Tuesday to Nicholas Winton, Winton's father, for his role in helping children of the Holocaust. Above, right, Dave Lux of Northridge listens to speakers at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in West Los Angeles.
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