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Posts Tagged ‘Tom Tugend’

Steven Spielberg Producer Set for Auschwitz Bar Mitzvah

It sounds like a scene straight out of a movie: on May 2nd, 78-year-old two-time Oscar winner and former concentration camp prisoner Branko Lustig (pictured, far left) will travel to the Auschwitz Museum in Oswiecim, Poland to celebrate his bar mitzvah in front of Barrack 24.

But it is in fact a remarkable bit of real-life poetic justice, as reported by Tom Tugend of the Jewish Journal. Lustig was a prisoner at Auschwitz at age 13, when he would nave normally celebrated the rite of passage. On this glorious upcoming day 65 years later, he will be accompanied by 10,000 high school students from 40 different countries traveling as part of the annual “March of the Living” event:

Lustig will celebrate his bar mitzvah wearing a tallit presented to him at a tribute reception April 4 at Universal Studios. On the same occasion, Lustig announced he was donating scholarships to cover the cost of 10 participants in future marches.

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UCLA Prof Earns Doctorate in Self-Defense

Things can get nasty in the highly competitive world of theoretical academics. But rarely do they escalate to the level of identity theft, defamation and criminal investigation as outlined in Tom Tugend‘s highly entertaining investigation in the Jewish Journal.

Under the Steven Soderbergh-like headline “Slander, Lies and the Dead Sea Scrolls”, the reporter details a three-year battle waged between UCLA adjunct professor Robert Cargill (pictured) and an unknown cyber-assailant hellbent on taking down his VR theories about the origins of the sacred Jewish document.

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SPJ’s Distinguished Journalist Award Winners Announced


The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has picked six winners of SPJ’s Distinguished Journalist Award:

Beth Barrett, Daily News
Barrett was the first to report on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s affair with former Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas.

Bob Banfield, KABC-TV
Joined KABC-TV in 1967, works in the Inland Empire bureau.

John Rabe, KPCC
After hosting All Things Considered and reporting on health care and housing issues, Rabe now hosts his own show, Off-Ramp, a weekly program about news, arts and life in Southern California.

Tom Tugend, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and West Coast correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York.

Scott Glover and Matt Lait, L.A. Times (Freedom of Information Award)

Lait is now legal affairs editor overseeing coverage of courts and police, and Glover is an investigative reporter in the city-county bureau.

to honor at its banquet next April.