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Oscar winner ‘Ida’ traces void left by Poland’s murdered Jews

Ed. note: This story was received prior to the Feb. 22 Academy Awards, at which “Ida” won the best foreign film award.
LOS ANGELES (JTA) – For the past few decades, Holocaust films have been common – and often victorious – fare at the Academy Awards.
But this year, the Polish nominee in the Foreign Language Film category ventures into the less frequently explored territory of the Holocaust’s aftermath.

The triple threat Howard Book

By GERRY POSNER In football lingo, a great player is one who can run, pass and kick, and is often referred to as a triple threat. Howard Book does none of those things, but he is a psychiatrist, an advisor to corporations in enhancing what he calls the “emotional intelligence” of its executives, and an undercover musician. Thus, he is a triple threat in the world of careers. These areas of life give the 73-year-old Book a varied and enriched life.