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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art

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Thursdays – Famous Jewish Personalities in Politics, Science, Music and Art

9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, & 9/29 /@ 3:00 PM/ CH

Instructor: Stuart Liss 

9/1 Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964) was an Austrian-Hungarian and American actor. Lorre began his stage career in Vienna, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, before moving to Germany where he worked first on the stage, then in film in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lorre caused an international sensation in the Weimar Republic-era film M (1931), directed by Fritz Lang, in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls.

9/8 Samuel (Sammy) George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, dancer, actor, comedian, film producer and television director.At the age of 29, he lost his left eye in a car accident. Several years later, he converted to Judaism, finding commonalities between the oppression experienced by African-American and Jewish communities.

9/15 Paulette Goddard (born Marion Levy; June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990) was an American actress notable for her film career in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Born in Manhattan and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Goddard was noted as a fiercely independent woman for her time, being described by one executive as “dynamite”. Her marriages to Chaplin, actor Burgess Meredith, and writer Erich Maria Remarque received substantial media attention.

9/22 Herman Jacob Mankiewicz ; November 7, 1897 – March 5, 1953) was an American screenwriter who, with Orson Welles, wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane (1941). Both Mankiewicz and Welles would go on to receive the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film. He was previously a Berlin correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily, assistant theater editor at The New York Times, and the first regular drama critic at The New Yorker. Alexander Woollcott said that Mankiewicz was the “funniest man in New York”

9/29 Henry (Hank) Benjamin Greenberg (born Hyman Greenberg; January 1, 1911 – September 4, 1986), nicknamed “Hammerin’ Hank”, “Hankus Pankus”, or “The Hebrew Hammer”, was an American professional baseball player and team executive and served 47 months in the military, longer than any ballplayer in history