I am an artist and film maker who has lived in WeHo with my family since 1980.
I come from a family of Nazi fighters. Four of my anti-racist and anti-Fascist films are archived at Yad Vashem and many other international archives.
Last Thursday there was a Planning Commission public hearing and commotion in Weho about an approved “development” that had taken many Jewish Weho residents and others by surprise. The synagogue on Crescent Heights and Fountain Avenue will be demolished to make way for a mundane apartment complex and pool.
I commented in public that the pool will be filled with the tears of Jews. This didn’t go well with development representatives who aggressively shouted in my face.
But it was OK with the 100-year-old and 96-year-old Auschwitz survivors who publicly implored the unmoved Weho Planning Commission to save this historic art deco synagogue created by prominent Jewish people like Max Factor, Edward G. Robinson and the Warner Brothers.
This was a very sad day. As Mark Twain said “History does repeat itself but it rhymes.”
Destroying synagogues is not a good look for West Hollywood although it will be celebrated by anti-semites and racists. However some residents considered it an outrage.
The 96 year old lady survivor shouted repeatedly: This is not a shame, this is a crime.