Carol Adams plays Stella Goldschlag in the play “Blonde Poison.”
ORLANDO — From the start, it’s clear that Stella Goldschlag is smart, cultured, well educated, the kind of person who always comes off in public as being impressively elegant and charming.
But there’s also something about Stella that seems instantly off-putting. As she addresses the audience, she keeps returning to her mirror, making sure every strand of hair is in place, that there are no hints of pudge on her waist. She brags about watching what she eats and maintaining her figure, frets about having a stray piece of spinach between her teeth, and insists that she could easily pass for 40. On a dark day, she adds, she could even pass for 30.
Stella is a woman rather obsessed with how others perceive her — she wants to be seen as someone to be admired for her beauty, her classy ways, her appeal to men. And as Stella continues talking about her life, a few things become apparent. She is not from a wealthy family, and she has a certain degree of resentment toward those who are — particularly, she freely admits, those fellow Jews who were born into the kind of privilege she never had. Continue reading
The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center works to preserve the testimonials of Holocaust survivors.
MAITLAND — Erica Cantor has nostalgic memories of an early childhood that was idyllic in every way.
Born in 1929 in Stuttgart, capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state, Cantor said she was raised by loving parents in a modern city and has fond memories of life there.
“We practiced Christmas, which in Germany was a very long celebration that lasted the entire month,” she said. “I had a very happy childhood in Germany. I had loving parents.”
That is, until the mid-1930s, when very dark clouds formed over her family — and the families of all Jews living in Germany.
“In 1933, Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power,” she said. “In the beginning, Stuttgart was not impacted much. Then in 1935, all German Jews lost their citizenship.”
On Sunday, Cantor was a guest speaker at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center
in Maitland, where she recounted how her family coped with the terrifying rise of Hitler and his “Final Solution.” Continue reading
This pup named Ginger Rogers have demonstrated a talent for tap dancing.
ORLANDO — Social media has been successfully used by people across the globe in a variety of ways — to advance political causes, to hunt for jobs or find new employees, to introduce original art and music to the world.
As it turns out, social media can go a long way toward helping a stray puppy as well.
Consider the case in Orlando
of Ginger Rogers.
That’s the name given by Orange County Animal Services
to a shelter dog — and for good reason. This stray quickly proved she had a unique skills — and has demonstrated that by dancing excitedly in her kennel, which the shelter’s staff is convinced was definitely a way for the pup to find herself a new home.
As a result, the shelter staff dubbed the pup Ginger Rogers.
“As staff, volunteers and shelter visitors walk by Ginger Rogers’ kennel, she stands up on her back two paws and hops around in circles,” noted Carolina Devine, the marketing and public relations coordinator for Orange County Animal Services. Continue reading