Holocaust lesson endures

first_imgWearing a yarmulke and quoting Anne Frank, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday led the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, calling on the world to keep its faith in humanity — as the young writer did during World War II — even as it fights ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere. Against the backdrop of a Holocaust monument at Pan Pacific Park, the largest Remembrance Day commemoration in Southern California drew about 2,000 people — including about 75 death-camp survivors — and several dozen officials and dignitaries. This year’s event paid special tribute to the 1.5 million children whom the Nazis killed. “Here, surrounded by family and friends, we celebrate the lives of, and mourn the loss of, the most defenseless of all victims of the greatest crime in human history,” Villaraigosa said. “Three generations later, we still find ourselves blinded by the sunlight in the fragments they have left behind. From a cold and dark attic in Amsterdam, Anne Frank pledged her faith in humanity. ” ‘It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out,’ she wrote. ‘Yet, I keep them because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ “Today, we remember the promise of those words. We remember the lost legacy of an entire generation of philosophers and artists and scientists extinguished before they were ever to bloom.” The event, held under a huge blue-and-white striped tent — the colors of the Israeli flag — also recognized Hadassah Lieberman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and the wife of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. Other speakers included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received a standing ovation from many in the audience. Schwarzenegger shared stories he said his mother told him when he was younga youngster about her own remembrances of the Holocaust in Austria. “She told me of bodies she saw lying on the side of the road, shot to death because they were Jews,” he recalled. “Another time, she saw bodies hanging from the trees in our state park. “This monument is a reminder of the terrible and tragic destruction of the Holocaust. Its symbols help us to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered and the inhumane conditions they suffered at the hands of the Nazis.” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of the Valley Beth Congregation in Encino delivered the opening message. On April 27, his synagogue will host a commemoration of the Armenian genocide as a way of acknowledging all holocausts. “All holocausts are the same in one regard,” he said. “They are all fueled by hatred, greed and envy, and they all haunt our memories.” In the San Fernando Valley on Sunday night, six Holocaust survivors were scheduled to tell their stories to children at the Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills to pass on the stories and keep with the day’s overall theme of never forgetting. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Mauricio Pochettino to Milan?

first_imgFootball Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Rumour Mill United are also keeping tabs on DC United’s 24-year-old Argentinian midfielder Luciano Acosta, who could end up taking one of several dressing-room pegs and parking spaces freed up by the likely departures of – deep breath – Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Eric Bailly and Alexis Sanchez.And finally, Liverpool are ready to offer their sparingly used Belgian striker Divock Origi a new deal, while RB Leipzig are ready to offer Chelsea £30m for striker Tammy Abraham. Reuse this content Share via Email Share on WhatsApp With Tottenham installed in their ridiculously well appointed new digs, Pochettino may not fancy a move to the comparatively shabby San Siro but any offer from Milan chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, would force his Tottenham counterpart, Daniel Levy, to loosen the Tottenham purse-strings and sanction the summer purchase of some expensive new players. As he approaches the end of his breakthrough season, Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is believed to feature on Pochettino’s wish-list, in a state of affairs that could spell bad news for Kieran Trippier.Unlikely to stay at Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League, Aleksandar Mitrovic is also being touted as a potential Tottenham target, although he’s more likely to get regular game time at Everton, Leicester City, West Ham or Southampton, who are also interested in securing his services. Valued at £50m by Fulham, Mitro may take himself off to China, where Guangzhou Evergreen are reported to be willing to match Fulham’s asking price and pay the 24-year-old £300,000 per week. Good work if you can get it.Real Madrid are getting as bored as the rest of us with hearing themselves being linked with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and will focus their attention on Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga instead. As part of an extensive summer rebuild, the Spanish side are hoping to get a deal for Kepa’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard over the line before the end of the season and will continue their none-too-subtle courtship of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Chelsea are hoping to bring Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to Stamford Bridge this summer, but will have to overturn a transfer ban and fend off interest from both Milan sides, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Lille to sign the 21-year-old from Athletico Paranaense, according to the good folks at ESPN. Elsewhere in London, West Ham are planning for life without Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic and think Roma striker Edin Dzeko could be the man to help them consolidate their rightful place somewhere between ninth and 17th in the Premier League table. A youngster in big demand, their midfielder Declan Rice may switch sides for the second time in a year by leaving the club for Manchester United in exchange for £50m.center_img Topics With Ole Gunnar Solskær at the Manchester United wheel and Zinedine Zidane getting his feet under the table at Real Madrid for the second time, Tottenham Hotspur fans could have been forgiven for thinking they could look forward to a relaxing summer free from worry about the possibility of their popular, highly regarded manager having his head turned by another club. This may not be the case, however, as weekend reports suggest AC Milan are the latest European heavyweights to hitch their skirts at Mauricio Pochettino and will attempt to lure him to Italy with the promise of a £300m transfer kitty. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn Chelsea’s Sarri hints at Eden Hazard exit after his masterclass sinks West Ham Share on Facebook Read more featureslast_img read more