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John M. Glionna

25 ARTICLES
John M. Glionna is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer who chronicles the American West. He’s also a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times, based in Vegas, and served as the Seoul bureau chief on the newspaper’s foreign desk, where he covered the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent death of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il. He has also written extensively about California.

The Baker: Epilogue

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie finally gets his just desserts Ernie was laid to rest on a warm Sunday morning in the spring of 2017. There were six pallbearers...

The Baker: Episode Twenty-Three

PREVIOUSLY: Snapshots of Ernie For Ernie, some wars are over; others endure.  He recently shocked his family when he told them that he changed his will. When...

The Baker Chapter Twenty-Two: Ernie’s Lie in Pictures

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie makes a hard confession about his one and only love. Good and bad, Ernie’s long life is captured in scores of pictures, the...

The Baker Episode Twenty-One: The love of Ernie’s life, revealed

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie finally finds a woman he can live with. Customers? Not so much. On a recent day, Marika is busy in the kitchen as...

The Baker: Episode Twenty

For Ernie, the first years in Lake Tahoe were marked by frequent trips back to Israel and Eastern Europe in search of answers to...

The Baker: Episode Nineteen 

The “closed” sign in the window of Ernie’s International Pastries flips to “open.”  Moments later, the 91-year-old proprietor shuffles gingerly through the kitchen, looking dapper...

The Baker: Episode Eighteen

Ernie offers no excuses. Looking back at the way he ran his kitchen, the way he acted toward his wives, children, grandchildren and even employees,...

The Baker Chapter Seventeen: A Daughter Suffers. Part Two.

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie’s only daughter suffered at the hands of a demanding father. By now, Ernie has divorced from his second wife Shoshona. But for the...

The Baker Chapter Sixteen: Ernie’s Only Daughter Suffered the Worst

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie has been married twice He has two children and four grandchildren. His business is booming. So is he happy? No, of course...

The Baker: Chapter Fifteen

PREVIOUSLY: Bay Area Baker and former German prisoner of war Ernie Feld had lots of enemies and some friends. Fact is, he didn’t care. Ernie...

The Baker: Chapter Fourteen

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie sets up shop as a baker in the San Francisco Bay Area. While his pastries are sweet, his demeanor often remains sour. As...

The Baker: Chapter Fourteen

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie has struggled to find acceptance and the control of his kitchen rage Once, decades after the war, Ernie returned to Lucenec to see...

The Baker: Chapter Thirteen

PREVIOUSLY: Daughter-in-law Marianne is the only person who stands up to Ernie and get away with it. How? Marianne remembers the first time she ever...

The Baker: Chapter Twelve

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie is finally freed from British captivity. is he ready for civilian life? By 1948, Ernie was 23 and had already survived two wars....

The Baker: Chapter Eleven

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie is among thousands of Jewish freedom fighters captured by the British and exiled in Cyprus For the 3,500 captured Jews, landfall in Cyprus...

The Baker: Chapter Ten

Finally, the plan was set. Jewish organizers salvaged an aging wooden boat from a coastal junk yard and 3,500 Jewish recruits were sent to Marseilles...

The Baker: Chapter Nine

When the war ended in 1945, Ernie returned to the only home he knew: Lucenec.  He took the train, walking the last 20 miles on foot,...

The Baker: Chapter Eight

One day a few years ago, Ernie called his son Morde, who works as a self-employed limousine driver in the Bay Area. The brief discussion...

The Baker: Chapter Seven

At last, in 1945, the Allied forces had the Germans on the run. Knowing the end was near, the Nazis forced the men from Ernie’s...

The Baker: Chapter Six

PREVIOUSLY: Ernie Feld is a pastry chef whose own life has now sweetness. Call it the Mystery of Ernie.  Those who knew him wondered: What had...

The Baker: Chapter Five

PREVIOUSLY: World War Two begins and baker Ernie Feld is herded onto a train in his hometown with other Jewish prisoners -- to where...

The Baker: Chapter Four

Marianne arrived in Lake Tahoe, at the place called Ernie’s International Bakery, not knowing what to expect from her mercurial father-in-law. In recent years, they’d...

Chapter Three: Growing Up in Pre-Nazi Europe

He was born Ernest Zeev Ehrenfeld on February 21, 1925, in Lucenec, a provincial city of 35,000 residents in the agricultural heart of Czechoslovakia....

CHAPTER TWO: Ernie Meets His Nemesis — His Daughter-in-Law

Marianne Ehrenfeld remembers the frantic call from her father-in-law. Speaking in his colorful European lilt, Czechoslovakian-born Ernie Feld was desperate. Often maddening, always flash-tempered, the...

The Baker: A Bittersweet Life

Hello, Jewish Journal blog reader. Come along for a wild ride into the life and times of a Jewish baker who made his mark on...

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