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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 24, 2013
More than 100 people gathered at Burbank City Hall Tuesday to commemorate the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, which together claimed the lives of 7.5 million people. Descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors lit seven candles at the City Council meeting to commemorate their families and the six million massacred. Nina Guttman and David Drexler lit a candle for their mother, Rena Drexler, who survived four years in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Steve Harman lit a candle for Holocaust survivor Irving Belfer, who escaped from a death march.
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April 25, 2009
A bill that would require California-based companies to certify that they do not ?wrongfully hold? assets that belonged to victims of genocide advanced to the state Assembly?s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. AB 961, submitted by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, would also prohibit companies from contracting with the state if they can?t prove their compliance. The so-called Justice for Genocide Victims bill unanimously passed the Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday during the main week of genocide remembrance events throughout the world.
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By Zain Shauk | October 21, 2009
A set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. A New York Times story, enlarged and affixed to a shelf display, bears the headline, “For Lawyer, It’s Michael Jackson on Line 1, Scott Peterson on Line 2.” Other articles touch on his defense of Greg Anderson, a personal trainer caught up in a performance enhancing drug investigation related to Barry Bonds and the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, and actress Winona Ryder, who was arrested on shoplifting charges in 2001.
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May 13, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- A special gathering to remember one of the darkest chapters of the 20th Century drew about 100 of all faiths and backgrounds to Burbank's Temple Emanu El. Tuesday evening's 14th annual "Days of Remembrance" Holocaust memorial was sponsored by the Burbank Human Relations Council, 15 Burbank churches and two Jewish temples. During the event, Daisy Miller, a Holocaust survivor and director of foundation relations for the Los Angeles-based Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, shared her memories of hiding from the Nazis as a young child.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 27, 2009
DOWNTOWN — A state law permitting heirs of victims of the Armenian Genocide to sue in state courts for unpaid life insurance benefits was deemed unconstitutional last week by a federal appeals court, setting off a wave of local reaction. A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday nullified the California law that allowed descendants of Armenian Genocide victims killed by the Ottoman Empire to request payment on the life-insurance policies of relatives.
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August 30, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta BURBANK -- Whether Armenian Genocide victims or their heirs will be able to sue U.S. insurance companies for claims stemming from old policies depends only on the pen of Gov. Gray Davis. The bill, which seeks to extend the statute of limitations for claims through 2010, was approved by the state Senate with a 39-0 vote Aug. 22 and sent to Davis for approval. State Sen. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), a principal coauthor of the bill, appeared before his peers to urge the legislation's passage.
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By Tracy E. Gilchrist | September 16, 2006
GLENDALE ? A judge's ruling on Monday to move forward in a class-action suit against two German banks accused of withholding money and property from victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide brings their descendants a step closer to restitution and recognition of the tragedy, their attorneys said. "It's a watershed moment," said Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos, who represents the plaintiffs who are descendants of the victims of the genocide. United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow's ruling marks the first time a lawsuit against a non-insurance company regarding assets withheld from Armenian Genocide victims' descendants has gotten this far along, Geragos said.
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August 4, 2007
Assemblyman Paul Krekorian has been appointed to serve on the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes, his office announced this week. The committee was established in 2001 to address the growth of hate crimes statewide and nationally, Krekorian said. Krekorian sought the appointment knowing that his constituency, which includes Glendale and Burbank voters, is no stranger to violence provoked by ethnic tension, he said. "I will be able to bring the experience of coming from an area that is often beset with ethnic tension and violence, and that experience will inform my ability to provide input to statewide policy," he said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 24, 2013
More than 100 people gathered at Burbank City Hall Tuesday to commemorate the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, which together claimed the lives of 7.5 million people. Descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors lit seven candles at the City Council meeting to commemorate their families and the six million massacred. Nina Guttman and David Drexler lit a candle for their mother, Rena Drexler, who survived four years in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Steve Harman lit a candle for Holocaust survivor Irving Belfer, who escaped from a death march.
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By Zain Shauk | October 21, 2009
A set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. A New York Times story, enlarged and affixed to a shelf display, bears the headline, “For Lawyer, It’s Michael Jackson on Line 1, Scott Peterson on Line 2.” Other articles touch on his defense of Greg Anderson, a personal trainer caught up in a performance enhancing drug investigation related to Barry Bonds and the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, and actress Winona Ryder, who was arrested on shoplifting charges in 2001.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | August 27, 2009
DOWNTOWN — A state law permitting heirs of victims of the Armenian Genocide to sue in state courts for unpaid life insurance benefits was deemed unconstitutional last week by a federal appeals court, setting off a wave of local reaction. A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday nullified the California law that allowed descendants of Armenian Genocide victims killed by the Ottoman Empire to request payment on the life-insurance policies of relatives.
NEWS
April 25, 2009
A bill that would require California-based companies to certify that they do not ?wrongfully hold? assets that belonged to victims of genocide advanced to the state Assembly?s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. AB 961, submitted by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, would also prohibit companies from contracting with the state if they can?t prove their compliance. The so-called Justice for Genocide Victims bill unanimously passed the Business and Professions Committee on Tuesday during the main week of genocide remembrance events throughout the world.
NEWS
May 13, 2000
Irma Lemus HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- A special gathering to remember one of the darkest chapters of the 20th Century drew about 100 of all faiths and backgrounds to Burbank's Temple Emanu El. Tuesday evening's 14th annual "Days of Remembrance" Holocaust memorial was sponsored by the Burbank Human Relations Council, 15 Burbank churches and two Jewish temples. During the event, Daisy Miller, a Holocaust survivor and director of foundation relations for the Los Angeles-based Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, shared her memories of hiding from the Nazis as a young child.
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