SEARCH FOR DAVID RUBINLICHT, respond to amgathtogether@aol.com

INFORMATION WANTED:

I am looking for my brother David Rubinlicht from Lublin, Poland. He
was born March 23,1933. He was taken from Warsaw in July 1943 from a “Hotel
Polski” group to an unknown location, with a transport of children, because he was living
outside of the ghetto in Warsaw as an Aryan. He also had an assumed name of Roman
Kowalski with the same birthdate. His name Was found on a list of survivors registered in
Janumy, 1946 in a camp in Neuburg, Germany, on which also appears the name of Mr.
Roman Kent,

My birth name is Ester RubinIicht, known at present as Lucine Horn, residing in Northbrook, IL. 60062.

Lucine Horn

IT'S TIME TO REGISTER FOR KLEZ KAMP

Dear Friends, tayere fraynd, טײַערע פֿרײַנד:

KlezKamp 22 is less than three weeks away! We are in the midst of our intensive preparations for this annual event and if you have not yet signed up, it’s not too late! There is room for even more of you to join our wonderful KlezKamp community at the premier Yiddish folk arts and music festival, December 24-26, 2006 at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in upstate New York. More information about attending KlezKamp may be found at the KlezKamp homepage.

We have added a few new features that will be of interest to you:

— KLEZKAMP BLOG! Yes, we now have an official ongoing KlezKamp blog. Bookmark this site http://www.klezkamp.blogspot.com/ and check it regularly for an ongoing account of KlezKamp activities, photos, music files and other blogeray leading up to, during, and after KlezKamp. The blog is also available through a link on the Living Traditions and KlezKamp homepages. Even if you can’t make it to KlezKamp this year, experience KlezKamp through our blog.

— Photos and bios of the KlezKamp staff are now available at http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/kk/staffbios.htm

If you are unable to join us at KlezKamp, please consider supporting us financially by making a contribution or becoming a member of Living Traditions. Details may be found at http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/memb.htm

For last minute holiday gift ideas, don’t forget the wonderful recordings and books available at the online EpesCenter on our website: http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/store.htm

Zayt gezunt. זײַט געזונט.

Henry Sapoznik
Founder and Director, KlezKamp
Executive Director, Living Traditions

As always, please contact us if you do not wish to receive further information about KlezKamp and Living Traditions: info@livingtraditions.org

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Mass. Banks agree to waive wire-transfer fees

by Rosian Zerner in Boston

The Holocaust Restitution Payment Fee Waiver Program was recently launched at the Great Hall in the State House in Massachusetts. It is the culmination of a project I initiated over six months ago for the benefit of survivors in and I hope that your readers will be able to participate and that others will disseminate this information. Over 60 Massachusetts state chartered banks have agreed to waive wire-transfer fees for Holocaust survivors in a voluntary program with incentives that are still open for additional banks who want to join. Details, press release, list of participating banks and other information can be found at:
http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=pressreleases&agId=Eoca&prModName=ocapressrelease&prFile=06_12_01_dobholocaust.xml

Mass. survivors with questions need to contact Rosian Zerner at Rosian@Zerner.com or 617-244-1029 and bankers need to contact Kevin Kiley, Massachusetts Bankers CEO and Executive VP at kkiley@massbankers.org or 617-523-7595.

Searches, Respond to w.kastner@ikufo.de

If this email reaches survivors of the death March of Hungarian Jews in April 1945 to Mauthausen or anyone who knows such survivors , please contact directly Wolfram Kastner w.kastner@ikufo.de who is looking for testimonies for his interesting and meaningful project to be realized in Austria. Mr. Kastner is an unusually gifted individual and his sister-in-law is Vice President of the German Bundestag.

Orange County Register:Actress Hilary Swank plays real-life high school teacher Erin Gruwell in 'Freedom Writers.'

‘Miss G’ takes a bow

By LORI BASHEDA
The Orange County Register
One day you’re a high school teacher, selling bras at MainPlace on weekends so you can buy books for your street-tough students because no one else believes in them.

The next, Academy Award winner Hilary Swank is playing you on the big screen.

When the movie “Freedom Writers” hits theaters Jan. 12, Erin Gruwell may well become the next Erin Brockovich.

Instead of fighting a power plant polluter, she takes on the stubborn public education system. Instead of saving residents from toxins, she saves kids from life in the ‘hood.

The details may differ, but the story line is the same: Feisty woman sees injustice and simply will not go away until it is rectified.

The same team of producers that made the 2000 blockbuster “Erin Brockovich” took on Gruwell’s story after reading “The Freedom Writers Diary,” published in 1999.

A-list actresses Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Kate Hudson reportedly lined up for the meaty role of Gruwell. In the end, Paramount went with Hilary Swank.

Gruwell says Swank was always her first choice. “She looks like me. She talks like me. She fought fiercely to get this role,” she says.

The two met over lunches and dinners so Swank could get inside Gruwell’s head, study her mannerisms.

Several weeks ago, the Lido Theater in Newport Beach showed a private, advance screening of the movie to 600 Freedom Writer friends, colleagues and admirers (including Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew and a Who’s Who of Orange County CEOs). The movie ended to a standing ovation. Afterward, in front of the theater, Gruwell was mobbed. Swank had nailed the part, was the consensus.

The two women still e-mail each other. “I just really like her,” Gruwell says. “She doesn’t put on airs. I think she’ll be a friend for life.”

Gruwell also praises director Richard LaGravanese for sticking to the real-life story. But then, it’s a story that doesn’t need embellishment.

Gruwell is a perky, white, student teacher fresh out of UC Irvine (think Mary Poppins with a ponytail and string of pearls) when she walks into her first class at Wilson High School in Long Beach a year after the 1992 L.A. riots.

She is met with a mixed-race collection of wisecracking kids with bad grades and broken homes.

They basically hate her.

But instead of returning their contempt or just writing the kids off (as some fellow teachers suggest), she dares them to prove to the world that they’re not the boneheads people think they are.

After one particularly tense moment in which she catches students passing around an offensive caricature of an African-American boy in the class, she ditches the curriculum to spend the rest of the year teaching tolerance.

By taking night and weekend jobs selling bras at Nordstrom and working the concierge desk at the Fashion Island Marriott, Gruwell buys the kids their own copies of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and takes them one weekend to see “Schindler’s List” at the Lido Theater (which is why the advance screening was held there).

Then she writes a letter to “Schindler’s List” director Steven Spielberg, finagling a private audience for her students. An emotional visit to the Museum of Tolerance tears down whatever walls remained.

By now Gruwell is “Miss G”: friend, mother, shrink. Her classroom becomes a hangout, often into the evenings.

For one assignment, the students write letters to Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank in her attic during the Holocaust, inviting her to fly to Wilson High from Amsterdam (at age 87) to meet the class. Incredibly, Gies agrees. The kids spend months raising funds to pay for the trip.

Next they write letters to Zlata Filipovic, the Sarajevo girl who published diaries about war in her homeland, persuading her to fly to Long Beach.

Then Gruwell thinks, “Well, why can’t my kids write diaries about their own private wars?” And 150 young authors are born.

They write about the father who left them, the uncle who molested them, the mother who kicked them out – the teacher who believed in them.

The payoff: Gruwell lands a publishing deal for all 150 students, and “The Freedom Writers Diary” sells a quarter-million copies (and counting).

In the meantime, every one of the 150 graduate from high school, and most go on to college.

Sound like a movie yet?

Of course every good story has an antagonist.

In this one, there isn’t a lone Cruella De Vil. But Gruwell says that during her years teaching high school, from ’93 to ’98, she met with her share of jealous teachers, skeptical administrators and other assorted killjoys.

An amalgamation of the naysayers takes shape in several fictitious characters invented by the screenwriter for dramatic effect.

But the Freedom Writers depicted in the movie are very real, Gruwell says. In fact, their diary entries (read in voice-overs) are taken verbatim from their book. And the Holocaust survivors who dine with the students at the Marriott in one scene are cameos by the real survivors they dined with years ago.

Gruwell says her only wish is that her dad, an Angels scout and Orange County golf course fixture who died three years ago, could have seen the film. “He was my biggest supporter,” she says.

This week, Gruwell, who just bought her first house (in Sunset Beach), is traveling the country with a handful of Freedom Writers, speaking at advance screenings.

Sharaud Moore, the boy who was caricatured back in ’93, was at the Lido showing. He had been booted from another Long Beach high school for taking a gun to school before landing in Gruwell’s class. Today he is a teacher at Poly High, the very high school he was thrown out of.

Gruwell sees the movie as a platform to talk about education reform – the need to realize that kids are not one-size-fits-all when it comes to learning.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about me,” she says. “It’s really bigger than that.”

She and a group of Freedom Writers have given more than 1,000 presentations in 45 states, meeting with educators and students from farms to inner cities to juvenile halls.

At 37, Gruwell just finished writing her memoir, “Teach With Your Heart, What I Leaned From the Freedom Writers,” which will arrive in bookstores three days before the movie comes out.

The other night as she and her boyfriend, Wahoo’s Fish Taco owner Wing Lam, dined at a Belmont Shore restaurant, a waitress cautiously approached.

“Are you Erin Gruwell?” the girl asked.

It’s only the beginning.

CONTACT US: To watch the movie preview, see www.freedomwriters.com or freedomwritersfoundation.org Information: 562-433-5388

Haaretz: Israel, local survivors seek control of Holocaust Claims Conference

Israel, local survivors seek control of Holocaust Claims Conference

By Amiram Barkat

Israel is trying to gain control over one of the world’s richest Jewish organizations, in the name of promoting the welfare of Holocaust survivors.

A group of Israeli organizations headed by Minister Rafi Eitan (Pensioners), who holds the Diaspora affairs portfolio, announced this week that Israel wants the right to appoint half the members of the executive of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a U.S.-based organization that represents world Jewry and Holocaust survivors in their negotiations over reparations from Germany.

Eitan estimates the Claims Conference’s financial reserves at some $1.7 billion. Every year, the conference gives grants totaling about $90 million to organizations worldwide that help Holocaust survivors or are involved in Holocaust education and memorialization. About half of this money goes to Israeli organizations.

MORE.

Carnegie Hall presentation of ORATORIO TEREZÍN

ORATORIO TEREZÍN – A POWERFUL WORK FOR LARGE ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS BY RUTH FAZAL –
TO BE GIVEN ITS U.S. PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2007,
8 P.M., AT THE TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,
AND THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY, 8 P.M., IN CARNEGIE HALL

PERFORMERS TO INCLUDE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY, SINGERS FROM TORONTO’S NEW STREAMS CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND BRATISLAVA BOYS CHOIR, TORONTO MENDELSSOHN SINGERS, CONDUCTOR KIRK TREVOR,
AND SOLOISTS TERESA MARIA GOMEZ, HUW PRIDAY,
AND NATHANIEL WATSON

The U.S. premiere of Oratorio Terezín, a powerful work for large orchestra, chorus and soloists by British-Canadian composer Ruth Fazal, will be performed on Wednesday, 7 February 2007, at 8 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (on the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, New York) and in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium (57th Street and Seventh Avenue) on Thursday, 8 February 2007, at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, the work sets poetry by children in the Terezín concentration camp and text from the Hebrew scriptures. Oratorio Terezín is scored for orchestra, children’s chorus, mixed adult choir and three vocal soloists, juxtaposing the children’s and adults’ voices, along with those of the Voice of the Prophet, the Voice of God, and the Voice of Suffering. The young singers’ preparation for the concerts is not only musical, but also includes Holocaust education and cultural awareness and exchange.

The work will be led by conductor Kirk Trevor, and will feature the Young People’s Chorus of New York City joined by singers from Toronto’s New Streams Children’s Choir and the Bratislava Boys Choir. The performances will also feature the adult choir Toronto Mendelssohn Singers and soloists including the soprano Teresa Maria Gomez, tenor Huw Priday and baritone Nathaniel Watson.

Tickets for the Tilles Center performance range from $20 to $45, and are available at the Tilles Box Office, or by calling TillesCharge at 516-299-3100 or online at www.tillescenter.org. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance range from $25 to $55 and are available at the Carnegie Hall box office beginning December 8th or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212/247-7800; or
online at www.carnegiehall.org. Discounted tickets for students and seniors are available for both performances.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION THE ORATORIO
“In the summer of 1998,” says composer Ruth Fazal, “I was given a book called I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a collection of poetry and art by children from the Terezín concentration camp from 1941 to 1943. Inspired by the book, I was compelled to memorialize the children’s naiveté and hope, beautiful in contrast to the awful suffering. I created Oratorio Terezín as a love song of hope, in the midst of darkness.” Survivors from Terezín whose poetry was published in I Never Saw Another Butterfly are expected to attend the New York performances, as well as the survivor and Holocaust spokesperson Elie Wiesel.

Carnegie Hall presentation of ORATORIO TEREZÍN

ORATORIO TEREZÍN – A POWERFUL WORK FOR LARGE ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS BY RUTH FAZAL –
TO BE GIVEN ITS U.S. PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2007,
8 P.M., AT THE TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,
AND THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY, 8 P.M., IN CARNEGIE HALL

PERFORMERS TO INCLUDE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY, SINGERS FROM TORONTO’S NEW STREAMS CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND BRATISLAVA BOYS CHOIR, TORONTO MENDELSSOHN SINGERS, CONDUCTOR KIRK TREVOR,
AND SOLOISTS TERESA MARIA GOMEZ, HUW PRIDAY,
AND NATHANIEL WATSON

The U.S. premiere of Oratorio Terezín, a powerful work for large orchestra, chorus and soloists by British-Canadian composer Ruth Fazal, will be performed on Wednesday, 7 February 2007, at 8 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (on the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, New York) and in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium (57th Street and Seventh Avenue) on Thursday, 8 February 2007, at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, the work sets poetry by children in the Terezín concentration camp and text from the Hebrew scriptures. Oratorio Terezín is scored for orchestra, children’s chorus, mixed adult choir and three vocal soloists, juxtaposing the children’s and adults’ voices, along with those of the Voice of the Prophet, the Voice of God, and the Voice of Suffering. The young singers’ preparation for the concerts is not only musical, but also includes Holocaust education and cultural awareness and exchange.

The work will be led by conductor Kirk Trevor, and will feature the Young People’s Chorus of New York City joined by singers from Toronto’s New Streams Children’s Choir and the Bratislava Boys Choir. The performances will also feature the adult choir Toronto Mendelssohn Singers and soloists including the soprano Teresa Maria Gomez, tenor Huw Priday and baritone Nathaniel Watson.

Tickets for the Tilles Center performance range from $20 to $45, and are available at the Tilles Box Office, or by calling TillesCharge at 516-299-3100 or online at www.tillescenter.org. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance range from $25 to $55 and are available at the Carnegie Hall box office beginning December 8th or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212/247-7800; or
online at www.carnegiehall.org. Discounted tickets for students and seniors are available for both performances.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION THE ORATORIO
“In the summer of 1998,” says composer Ruth Fazal, “I was given a book called I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a collection of poetry and art by children from the Terezín concentration camp from 1941 to 1943. Inspired by the book, I was compelled to memorialize the children’s naiveté and hope, beautiful in contrast to the awful suffering. I created Oratorio Terezín as a love song of hope, in the midst of darkness.” Survivors from Terezín whose poetry was published in I Never Saw Another Butterfly are expected to attend the New York performances, as well as the survivor and Holocaust spokesperson Elie Wiesel.