Alexander Fehling in the German film “Labyrinth of Lies,” Germany’s entry to the 2016 Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Two films about the Holocaust and its aftermath have made the cut to compete for best foreign-language film. They were selected from among entries from 80 countries vying for Oscar honors, according to an announcement Thursday evening by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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At Evgeny Kissin’s December 16 “Jewish Music and Poetry” Concert at Carnegie Hall, the Moscow-born virtuoso masterfully sailed through Ernest Bloch’s (1880-1959) 24-minute 1945 Piano Sonata Op. 40, Alexander Veprik’s (1899-1958) Piano Sonata No 2. Op 5 (1924), and Alexander Krein’s (1883-1951) Suite dansee, Op. 44 (1928). But between keyboard magic, it was his recitation (in Yiddish) of fourteen of Yiddish poet Yitzhak Leybush Peretz’ (1852-1915) monumental poems that transfixed an audience that included Yiddish Forward editor Boris Sandler, YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent, and attorney and author Alan Dershowitz.
In analyzing the presidential race, former Mitt Romney strategist Stuart Stevens was quoted in today’s New York Times as saying, “Every day in a campaign is ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ And that’s the hardest thing. You’ve got to decide where you’re going to live and where you’re going to die.”