June 20, 2016 |
Jane Hurwitz felt an obligation to the Jews of Svetlá nad Sázavou who, in the face of death, had prayed with the little Torah. The sacred scroll, just 14 inches high, had been used by scores of villagers who would be transported in 1942 to Theresienstadt concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, never to return. Hurwitz's sense of duty to them deepened as she delved into the Torah's history, part of a research project at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am. The Abington synagogue has three scrolls, on permanent loan from a London collection, that survived both the Holocaust and the 1948 Communist takeover of what is now the Czech Republic.
February 25, 2016 |
As his team has suffered one frustrating loss after another, La Salle junior Jordan Price has had to readjust his thinking. Where winning once may have been taken for granted, this season Price has found how difficult it can be to accumulate a simple W. So when La Salle upset St. Bonaventure, 71-64, on Feb. 17 to snap a 10-game losing streak, Price rediscovered the joy of winning. "It was a rare feeling for us this year, and you just try to enjoy it as much as you can," Price said.
November 1, 2015 |
I offer greetings, gratitude, and a hearty salute to the makers of TNT's Legends , who have busted the espionage thriller wide open for its second season. Legends stars Sean Bean as a mysterious Jason Bourne-like figure who has two decades of experience as a covert operative but no clue to his real identity. Season Two premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. I liked it last year, and the first three episodes of the new season excite me. Viewers don't need to see the freshman season to enjoy the show, but it helps to know the basics.
July 29, 2015 |
Czech pianist Ivan Moravec, 84, died Monday in a Prague hospital after having been treated for pneumonia for several weeks, his New York agent said. Born in Prague and especially loved for his Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, and Brahms interpretations, Mr. Moravec made his London debut in 1959, and his American debut in 1964 with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell. His recordings - especially those of Chopin and Debussy - remain prized by collectors. One frequent stop on his American calendar was Philadelphia, where he was heard both as a recitalist with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and in concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
October 15, 2013 |
For George Horner at age 19, music was an escape from the pain that surrounded him and his family in the Czechoslovakian concentration camp where they were imprisoned. Horner's passion for music endured through several near-misses with death, the loss of his family, and through the end of World War II. Later this month Horner, now 90, a retired physician and a resident of Newtown Square, will commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust by performing on piano at Boston Symphony Hall alongside legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Oct. 22 performance was arranged by Mark Ludwig, the head of the Terezin Music Foundation, a Boston nonprofit group that honors the legacy of composers who died in the Holocaust.
June 4, 2013 |
PASSAU, Germany - Swollen rivers gushed into the old section of Passau in southeast Germany on Monday, as water rose in the city to levels not seen in more than five centuries. The city was one of the worst hit by flooding that has spread across a large area of central Europe following heavy rainfall in recent days. At least eight people were reported to have died and nine were missing due to floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. "The situation is extremely dramatic," Herbert Zillinger, a spokesman for Passau's crisis center, told the Associated Press.
April 30, 2013 |
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
January 18, 2013 |
FOR JAKE VORACEK, the one benefit of the NHL's 119-day lockout was a chance to play in his native Czech Republic. "It was something I hadn't done since I was 18 or 19 years old," Voracek said. "It isn't every day that you have a chance to play at home, and play in the best league [KHL] in the world at the time, since there was no NHL. " There were a few downsides, though. One of them was living at home. "I lived with my mom, downstairs at their house," Voracek said with a smile.
December 11, 2012
Karel Vas, 96, a prosecutor who came to symbolize unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, has died. Czech public television reported that Mr. Vas died Saturday in a home for retirees in Prague where he had lived. Details were not available. During World War II, he moved to the Soviet Union where he began to collaborate with dictator Josef Stalin's much-feared secret police. Historians say Mr. Vas one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
November 23, 2012 |
Hello there More than a year had passed since Dan lost Linda, his wife of 27 years, to ovarian cancer. He was spending a 2004 Saturday with a group of her friends and told them he was planning to join a singles group - the Valley Forge Walkers - the next day at the park. One couple said they knew a wonderful woman, Diana, who was a Walker, and suggested he introduce himself. Diana wasn't there the first week, but Dan found her the next time. They walked and talked together for an hour.