Holocaust Memorial Day: Death March to Dachau

Sol Teichman survived the Holocaust and came to America as a penniless immigrant not knowing a word of English. In 1951, Sol was drafted into the Army where he served in Germany and then France.

Sol Teichman survived the Holocaust and came to America as a penniless immigrant not knowing a word of English. In 1951, during the Korean War, Sol was drafted into the United States Army. He served in Germany and then France.

One of my closest friends here in Los Angeles is Mr. Sol Teichman, a prominent citizen, businessman, philanthropist, and a Holocaust survivor.

Born on September 9, 1927, in the Hungarian town of Munkacs, Sol’s family were prominent and prosperous grain, bean and walnut merchants. The family lived in a lovely home in a quiet cul-de-sac. The Teichmans were known in the tight-knit Jewish community for their piety, charity, and close ties to the Belzer and Munkacs Hasidic dynasties.

Of course, the Nazi death grip descended on the Jews of Hungary, and by 1943, the Teichman home and business had been confiscated. The Jews of Munkacs were cruelly herded into a ghetto and then shipped in cattle cars to Auschwitz.

Sol, 17 years old, and his brother Steve, 14, survived the death camp, only to be sent on a death march to Dachau in August 1944.

Here is an excerpt from Sol’s privately printed memoir, The Long Journey Home, which I coauthored with Mr. Teichman, in which he describes hell on earth.

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Third Jihad: Muslim Brotherhood

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Experts always know everything but the fine points. When I took my citizenship exams, no one there knew how the White House came to be called the White House. But I did. So I told them.”
—Hedy Lamarr

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Iran: Bigger Threat than North Korean and Syria Combined

Below is Michael Oren’s April 15 op-ed from the Wall Street Journal, in which Ambassador Oren argues that the Trump administration must act decisively now to address a threat to the United States greater than that of Syria and North Korea combined: Iran.

Oren explains that the United States has signed three agreements to keep non-conventional weapons out of the hands of rogue regimes. Two of those regimes, Syria and North Korea, have violated those agreements and are now being challenged by President Trump. The third regime—the most dangerous, Iran—doesn’t even need to its agreement in order to produce nuclear weapons. To become a nuclear power, Iran only has to honor it.

As signed, the Iran nuclear deal assures that Iran will be a nuclear armed power by the late 2020s. Now is the time, Oren argues, that President Trump must act to address the appalling flaws in the deal and to save the middle East, America and the world from a nuclear armed Jihadist Iran.

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Portrait of Granddaughter as Matzoh

Our granddaughter Lielle is proud of her Matzoh pillow.

In observance of the last two days of Passover Seraphic Secret will be offline until Wednesday. We wish all our friends and relatives a joyous and kosher Passover.

We also wish an inspirational Easter to all our Christian friends.

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Friday Photos: True Passover

Eleanor Parker (’22 – ’13) was a brilliant actress who played comedy as deftly as she played drama. Her voice was film noir husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. “I think we’re all Jews at heart,” she told columnist Kay Gardella. “I wanted to convert for a long time.” Her daughter spent a summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel permanently. Parker’s best films are: Caged (’50) Detective Story (’51) Scaramouche (’52) Interrupted Melody (’55), and The King and Four Queens (’56).

Eleanor Parker (1922–2013) was a brilliant actress who performed in comedy as deftly as she played drama. Her voice was film noir husky, and she used it like a musical instrument. Raised a Protestant, she converted to Judaism. “I think we’re all Jews at heart,” she told columnist Kay Gardella. “I wanted to convert for a long time.” Her daughter spent a summer working on a kibbutz, married an Israeli, and settled in Israel permanently. Parker’s best films are: Caged (’50) Detective Story (’51) Scaramouche (’52) Interrupted Melody (’55), and The King and Four Queens (’56).

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Swedish Editorial: Ban Cars to Reduce Terrorism

Stockholm, Sweden – April 08: Armed police stand on guard at the scene of the terrorist truck attack in downtown Stockholm on April 8, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

When I saw this headline I thought it was a joke, a parody. I should have realized that Progressive ideology is beyond parody.

I assume the next time an IslamoNazi in Sweden attacks a Jew, the solution will be obvious: get rid of the Jews.

It’s hard to imagine how anyone with a reasonably functioning brain could conclude that banning cars is the solution to vehicular jihad like the attack that left four dead in Stockholm last Friday, but a veteran Swedish journalist has done just that.

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Passover 2017, The Problem of Freedom

Bird’s Head Haggadah, by Menachem the Scribe, circa 1300
Handwritten on parchment; dark brown ink and tempera; square Ashkenazic script. This 14th century Haggadah is fascinating because all the human characters are depicted with, y’know, bird’s heads, more specifically a Griffin. Some think this was a way of getting around the charge of idolatry. Another view is that the illustration was meant to be playful, unthreatening images as a counter to European blood libels which claimed that Jews used Christian blood to bake matzoh. I think Menachem was an artist who found a unique style.

Tonight begins the holiday of Passover in which Jews celebrate deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

In order to escape the shackles of slavery, the vast machinery of the mighty Egyptian state had to be crushed. Those who wielded absolute power were reduced to nothingness. G-d did this not only to diminish the physical power of a pitiless slave state, but to begin the process of making free the minds of the Israelites.

Slavery is an insidious institution, not only because it shackles the body, but it creates a mentality where the slave identifies with his master to such a degree that he becomes complicit in his own bondage. He loves his master and cannot imagine a world absent an overlord.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Richard Avedon
Buster Keaton, New York City, 1952
“The screen was just a white sheet. They had this flickering machine. That was the first time I saw this angel with a white face and these beautiful eyes. I knew this was something special. It was the first time I saw Keaton. He wore a flat pancake of a hat, and I just couldn’t believe the man’s grace.”
—Mel Brooks, on first seeing a Buster Keaton film when Brooks was a child.

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The Westworld Haggadah

Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld.

by Jake Novak

There’s a key moment in the Seder when the Haggadah informs us that all Jews must think of themselves as if they personally came out of bondage in Egypt.

Talk about a tall order.

Thank goodness, most of us live decidedly comfortable middle or upper middle class lives. Getting our heads and hearts around the idea of experiencing what it’s like to flee slavery is really hard.

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The Artist Who Taught George W. Bush to Paint

President Bush painting. Photo by Grant Miller

The lives of ex-Presidents are as varied as the men who held the office. When President Bush left office I assumed he would settle down in his beloved ranch, write his memoirs, and become a quiet political power broker. It never occurred to me that George W. Bush would turn his considerable energies towards making art. But he has pursued this difficult craft in a measured and thorough manner. Here’s how he did it.

One day in early 2012, Dallas-based artist Gail Norfleet got an unexpected phone call from her friend, fellow artist Pamela Nelson. “She said ‘Gail, I have a student for you!’” Norfleet remembers.

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Daniel Greenfield to Deliver 2017 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to the Fourteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

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Calling Good People “Racist” Isn’t New: The Case of Ty Cobb

Ruining someone’s name is very easy. So is calling them a “racist”. Take the case of Ty Cobb, one of the greatest baseball players ever. Cobb is known as a racist and a dirty ballplayer. Is it true? Charles Leerhsen, author of “Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty” sets the record straight.

 

The great Ty Cobb. Everything you think you know about him is a lie.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I walked on the “Philadelphia Story” (’40) set just as they were shooting the last love scene between Katie Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart. I must say they were both in the mood–especially Jimmy, who had suggestions for improvement until they’d taken five takes. After each he sheepishly exclaimed, “And I’m getting paid for this!” I congratulated him on the improvement of his love technique and asked him to light my cigarette. His hand shook so much he could hardly manage it.”
—Hedda Hopper (1940)

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Star in the Hat

Theda Bara, born Theodosia Goodman, was a nice Jewish Girl form Cincinnati who transformed herself into cinema's first femme fatale, the man-eating vamp. Tragically, most of her films were destroyed in a fire.

Theda Bara, (1885 – 1955) born Theodosia Goodman, was a nice Jewish girl from Cincinnati who transformed herself into cinema’s first femme fatale, the man-destroying vamp. Tragically, most of her legendary films were destroyed in a fire.

There was a time when wearing a hat was  de rigueur. Fine millinery was considered a sign of good taste, good breeding, and good fashion.

Hollywood actresses were rarely seen in public without hat, gloves and a designer outfit. Those were the days when Hollywood insisted on projecting style and glamour. Of course, with the destruction of the studio system by the federal government and the advent of television, stars abandoned style and rapidly devolved into vulgar celebrity.

Here’s a reminder of classic Hollywood glamour featuring stars in their hats.

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Why Isn’t There a Palestinian State

Why don’t the Palestinians have their own country? Is it the fault of Israel? Of the Palestinians? Of both parties? David Brog, Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force, shares the surprising answers.
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Daniel Greenfield to Deliver 2017 Ariel Avrech Memorial Lecture

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

Ariel’s high school graduation picture from Yeshiva Gedolah, Los Angeles, June 1998.

You are all invited to the Fourteenth Annual Ariel Avrech ZT’L Memorial Lecture that will take place Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 10 AM, followed by brunch.

Location: YULA Girls High School Auditorium

1619 South Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035

For those unable to attend the lecture will be posted here at Seraphic Secret.

Karen and I are delighted to announce that our good friend Daniel Greenfield will deliver this year’s lecture:

“Fighting Anti-Semitism and Defending Israel in the Age of Obama, Trump and BDS”

Why does pro-Israel activism continue to be an uphill battle despite the enormous resources dedicated to it. Are we losing the war against anti-Semitism or are we failing to fight it? In a talk that applies the lessons of Jewish history in Tanach to the politics of today, we will discover that fighting anti-Semitism and defending Israel doesn’t require changing “them”, but changing how we see the world and ourselves.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Elsa Lanchester on the set of Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
On her maternal instincts:
“I held a baby once. It felt like a bag of hot snakes.”

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Terror in London: What Starts Against Jews Never Ends With Jews

Terror in London: IslamoNazis first used car rammings and knifings against Jews in Israel. Now they are using the same tactics against Europeans. What starts against Jews never ends with the Jews.

When IslamoNazis and their allies on the Left were hijacking airlines and killing Jews during the 1960s, most European countries shrugged and yawned because the victims were only Jews, after all.

But the IslamoNazis hijacked European airlines soon enough — and air travel, once an enjoyable and even glamorous enterprise, has become a circle of hell ever since.

When IslamoNazis started blowing themselves up in Israel in order to slaughter as many Jews as possible, Europe shrugged and yawned once more — because it was just those pesky Jews causing unpleasantness yet again. The Europeans figured that if the Jews would, y’know, just give the IslamoNazis what they wanted, everything would be just fab-u-lous.

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The IslamoNazi Department of Pay for Slaying Jews

Typical children’s programming on Palestinian television.

The IslamoNazis who call themselves Palestinians—a nationality invented by the KGB—have zero interest in building a functioning state. Their mission is to destroy the only successful state in the Middle East, Israel, the Jewish state. So obsessive is their Jew-hatred and jealousy—how did the Jews build a thriving country where Islam builds only failed states?—that they pay generous bounties for every Jew who is murdered, maimed, and tortured.

The Europeans tried to rid the world of Jews during World War II. For a few post-war years Europeans feigned remorse, and even rewrote history to cast themselves as heroic resistance fighters instead of collaborators. But in truth, Europeans who risked their lives to rescue Jews were few and far between.

With the rise of the European left, the newly founded state of Israel presented a new and juicy target for their latent Jew-hatred. “Hey, we don’t hate Jews, we’re just against Zionism.”

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