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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 14, 2011
Liliana C. "Lilly" Shepard, a Holocaust survivor who chronicled her experiences being trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto with other Jews in a 1980 book, died April 7 of cancer at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The longtime Ellicott City resident was 85. The daughter of an engineer and a homemaker, Liliana Cukier was born and raised in Kalisz, Poland. Her formal education ended when the Nazis invaded her homeland in 1939. "Then came September 1, 1939, the date Poland and the world will never forget.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Agnieszka Holland's Holocaust movies, like "Angry Harvest" and "Europa Europa," are a world away from concentration camp tear-jerkers like Robert Benigni's Oscar-winning smash "Life Is Beautiful. " Holland's films are uninhibited and sexual, gutsy and tough-minded. With "In Darkness" (opening at the Charles on Friday) she tells the fact-based story of Jews who survived the Nazi onslaught by hiding underground in sewers. Set in large part beneath the Polish city of Lvov, this movie is an unremitting heart-stopper.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic | April 24, 2005
On Sept. 1, 1939, Jerzy Kajetanski, a 25-year-old graduate student at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, was returning home by bus from a stay in the resort town of Swider when he suddenly came upon a bloodcurdling sight. "I saw a bombed-out house and a dead white horse in the roadway," Kajetanski later wrote in his journal. "That horse was the first casualty of war that I was to see." Hitler's armies had invaded Poland, an act that would unleash the most destructive conflict in history.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 14, 2011
Liliana C. "Lilly" Shepard, a Holocaust survivor who chronicled her experiences being trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto with other Jews in a 1980 book, died April 7 of cancer at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The longtime Ellicott City resident was 85. The daughter of an engineer and a homemaker, Liliana Cukier was born and raised in Kalisz, Poland. Her formal education ended when the Nazis invaded her homeland in 1939. "Then came September 1, 1939, the date Poland and the world will never forget.
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May 13, 2008
IRENA SENDLER, 98 Saved children from Nazis Irena Sendler - a Polish social worker who helped save some 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto and giving them false identities - has died in Warsaw, Poland. She was 98. Ms. Sendler died at a hospital yesterday morning, her daughter, Janina Zgrzembska, told the Associated Press. Ms. Sendler had been hospitalized since last month with pneumonia. Born in Warsaw, Ms. Sendler was a social worker with the city's welfare department, masterminding the risky rescue operations of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany's brutal World War II occupation.
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April 11, 2002
Sherwood James Shoup, 85, known as Frosty the Human Icicle for freezing himself inside a block of ice as a carnival attraction, died of cancer complications Saturday in Orlando, Fla. He also owned and operated several games and concessions along the boardwalk in Daytona Beach and with the James E. Strates Shows. A native of Bangor, Pa., he ran away from home at 14 and joined a carnival. In the mid-1930s, as a stunt to attract people to the carnival and other events, Mr. Shoup would freeze himself inside a block of ice. With his arms crossed and lying on his side, he breathed through air pockets inside the ice as carnival workers carted him around on a flatbed truck.
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By Chris Kaltenbach At a glance | April 22, 1998
Part 6 of HBO's 12-hour space-flight epic, "From the Earth to the Moon" (10 p.m.-11 p.m.), puts us in the spacecraft as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins head for the moon in Apollo 11.The first half creaks a bit, as a glory-hungry Aldrin (Bryan Cranston) tries to outmaneuver Flight Cmdr. Armstrong (Tony Goldwyn) and become the first man to set foot on the moon. But once the mission gets going and the lunar module eases its way toward the moon's surface, things start to crackle.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | November 5, 1993
Oh, no, Robo, say it ain't so.But it is so, and let us weep many bitter tears for the demise of "RoboCop," the brilliantly subversive hero of Paul Verhoeven's astounding and lurid 1987 film. Now it's "RoboCop 3," and he's been turned from a ruthless avatar of violence against the lawless into a politically correct Chia dog to the point where he's no longer recognizeable. He's become cuddly. He's not RoboCop anymore; he's a social worker with a breast plate.Of course it was too much to hope for. Verhoeven, the mad Dutch screwball genius who likes to walk on the wild side ("Total Recall," "Basic Instinct")
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Agnieszka Holland's Holocaust movies, like "Angry Harvest" and "Europa Europa," are a world away from concentration camp tear-jerkers like Robert Benigni's Oscar-winning smash "Life Is Beautiful. " Holland's films are uninhibited and sexual, gutsy and tough-minded. With "In Darkness" (opening at the Charles on Friday) she tells the fact-based story of Jews who survived the Nazi onslaught by hiding underground in sewers. Set in large part beneath the Polish city of Lvov, this movie is an unremitting heart-stopper.
NEWS
April 15, 1993
Holocaust victims' names to be read here, elsewhereBeginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore's War Memorial Building, Lexington and Gay streets, the names of hundreds of victims of the Holocaust will be read aloud in a ceremony intended to communicate the personal impact of Nazi horrors in World War II.Similar recitations, organized nationally by B'nai B'rith, will take place in 120 communities across the country as part of Yom HaShoa, the annual Jewish...
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October 4, 2009
MAREK EDELMAN, 90 Leader of 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the ill-fated 1943 Warsaw ghetto revolt against the Nazis, died Friday of old age in Warsaw. Mr. Edelman also fought the Nazis in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. And for decades he fought communism in Poland. The uprising at the Warsaw ghetto was the first act of large-scale armed civilian resistance against the Germans in occupied Poland during World War II. The Nazis in November 1940 crammed some 460,000 Jews from the city and from across Poland in inhuman conditions in the ghetto.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic | April 24, 2005
On Sept. 1, 1939, Jerzy Kajetanski, a 25-year-old graduate student at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, was returning home by bus from a stay in the resort town of Swider when he suddenly came upon a bloodcurdling sight. "I saw a bombed-out house and a dead white horse in the roadway," Kajetanski later wrote in his journal. "That horse was the first casualty of war that I was to see." Hitler's armies had invaded Poland, an act that would unleash the most destructive conflict in history.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 11, 2003
NEW YORK - "Maintaining his dignity through this entire maddening experience": That's how actor Adrien Brody sums up musician-composer Wladyslaw Szpilman's struggle to survive the Warsaw Ghetto, as recounted in his memoir The Pianist. It was also the challenge posed to Brody when he took the role of Szpilman in Roman Polanski's movie - a project all the more charged because Polanski barely escaped the liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto and lost his mother in Auschwitz. For the 29-year-old actor who was supposed to emerge as a star from Terrence Malick's 1998 The Thin Red Line, only to be cut from most of the picture, The Pianist has become an unexpected career breakthrough, earning him several best actor prizes, most recently from the National Society of Film Critics (which named The Pianist best picture and also honored the direction and the script)
NEWS
April 11, 2002
Sherwood James Shoup, 85, known as Frosty the Human Icicle for freezing himself inside a block of ice as a carnival attraction, died of cancer complications Saturday in Orlando, Fla. He also owned and operated several games and concessions along the boardwalk in Daytona Beach and with the James E. Strates Shows. A native of Bangor, Pa., he ran away from home at 14 and joined a carnival. In the mid-1930s, as a stunt to attract people to the carnival and other events, Mr. Shoup would freeze himself inside a block of ice. With his arms crossed and lying on his side, he breathed through air pockets inside the ice as carnival workers carted him around on a flatbed truck.
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By Rasmi Simhan and Rasmi Simhan,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2000
A Holocaust survivor didn't tell his children or his parents about the time he spent in the Warsaw ghetto. But he told students and their video camera. Fighter pilots spent hours telling another student about the Battle of Midway. He in turn spent 20 hours editing their words on film. These documentaries, both by Maryland students, reached the final round of the 25th annual National History Day contest this week in Washington. Winners in four presentation categories will be announced today(in a ceremony that will be Webcast live from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on www.TheHistoryChannel.
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By Chris Kaltenbach At a glance | April 22, 1998
Part 6 of HBO's 12-hour space-flight epic, "From the Earth to the Moon" (10 p.m.-11 p.m.), puts us in the spacecraft as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins head for the moon in Apollo 11.The first half creaks a bit, as a glory-hungry Aldrin (Bryan Cranston) tries to outmaneuver Flight Cmdr. Armstrong (Tony Goldwyn) and become the first man to set foot on the moon. But once the mission gets going and the lunar module eases its way toward the moon's surface, things start to crackle.
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