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Memorial Parenting Conference —
"Hana's Suitcase," 7:30 p.m.,
Tues, May 4, Temple Israel,
5725 Walnut Lake Road,
Fumiko Ishioka, Curator,
Tokyo Holocaust Education
Karen Levine, Author; and
The Suitcase itself.
Admission free; limited seating;
All welcome. Please call for tickets.
Conference brings the remarkable
story of a little suitcase and its
young owner and how her life
brought together several worlds,
generations and cultures.
Presented by Temple Israel and
the Alicia Joy Techner
Presenting "Hana's Suitcase":
George Brady, Hana's brother,
Holocaust survivor and her
only living relative;
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Film Producer In Trouble
Bomb Scare In Berlin
New York/JTA — The Polish co-pro-
ducer of Schindlers List and The Pianist
was sentenced to jail in his home coun-
Lew Rywin was sentenced to more
than two years in jail for seeking a bribe
from a newspaper in 2002, falsely claim-
ing to represent Polish Prime Minister
Leszek Miller. Rywin is the head of
Heritage Films, which co-produced both
of the Jewish-themed films. He is
expected to appeal the decision.
Berlin/JTA — A bomb scare at Berlin's
Hilton Hotel shook up delegations
preparing for an international confer-
ence on anti-Semitism. The alarm,
which followed an anonymous phone
call to police at about 5:30 p.m., was
lifted when no explosives were found in
a four-hour search.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice
chairman of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish
Organizations, had been meeting in the
hotel with other Jewish leaders and the
U.S. ambassador to Germany, Daniel
Coats, when the alarm sounded.
The hotel was cleared of more than
400 guests and 80 personnel while a
team of 150 policemen with bomb-
sniffing dogs searched the hotel and
neighboring streets were closed off.
Estee Lauder Dies
New York/JTA — Estee Lauder, the cos-
metics magnate and mother of Jewish
official Ronald Lauder, died April 24.
She was believed to be 97, although she
was reticent about giving her date of
birth. Lauder founded her company in
In 2000, the firm's 18 core brands
brought in $4.4 billion in sales,
Bloomberg News reported. The daugh-
ter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants,
Lauder grew up in Queens. Her uncle
was a chemist who' made face cream,
and she learned to make the creams on a
Diplomats Blast Blair
London/JTA — More than 50 former
British diplomats blasted Tony Blair's
Middle East policies as "doomed to fail-
The letter condemned the British
prime minister for endorsing the policies
of Israel's Ariel Sharon, which they call
"one-sided and illegal and which will
cost yet more Israeli and Palestinian
blood." The signatories also accused
Blair of failing to influence President
Bush on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
or the occupation of Iraq.
Rutgers Paper To Apologize
New York/JTA — A U.S. college news-
paper is apologizing for a cartoon that
depicted a Jew being knocked into an
oven in an arcade game.
The editor of the Medium, a humor
newspaper at New Jersey's Rutgers
University, said the newspaper had failed
in trying to convey the racist attitudes
that led to the Holocaust, the Home
News Tribune of Central New Jersey
reported. The April 21 front page of the
Medium, a student-funded weekly,
depicted a man throwing a ball at anoth-
er man sitting on top of an oven. The
caption reads, "Knock a Jew in the oven!
Three throws for one dollar! Really! No,
Terrorises Family On Trial
London/JTA — The family of a British
Muslim involved in a Tel Aviv suicide
bombing went on trial in London.
The wife, brother and sister of Omar
Khan Sharif were accused in Old Bailey
criminal court of failing to inform
authorities of Sharif's plan to take part
in the April 30, 2003, bombing, which
killed three people.
Sharif failed to detonate his explo-
sives and fled after his partner, Asif
Hanif, blew himself up outside Mike's
Place pub on Tel Aviv's beachfront.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the
Sharif's body later washed up on
shore. His relatives claim they didn't
know of his plans.
Europeans On Jews, Israel
Berlin/JTA — Anti-Semitic attitudes
have declined in most European coun-
tries, but so has support for Israel,
according to a new survey.
The Anti-Defamation League survey,
released in advance of the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in
Europe's conference on anti-Semitism,
found the most dramatic declines in
anti-Semitic attitudes in the past two
years came in France and Spain.
In France the drop was from 35 per-
cent to 25 percent.
In two of the 10 countries surveyed
— the United Kingdom and the
Netherlands — anti-Semitic attitudes
In the United Kingdom, 24 percent
of those surveyed held anti-Semitic atti-
tudes, up from 19 percent in 2002.