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Beerbohm was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his 1911 novel… [More] “Zuleika Dobson.” There was some speculation during Beerbohm’s lifetime that he was Jewish, although he was not. However, both of his wives were German Jews. When asked by George Bernard Shaw if he had any Jewish ancestors, Beerbohm replied: “That my talent is rather like Jewish talent I admit readily… But, being in fact a Gentile, I am, in a small way, rather remarkable, and wish to remain so.” In his poem “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley,” Ezra Pound, Beerbohm’s neighbor, portrayed Beerbohm as “Brennbaum”, a Jewish artist. [Less]
1922: Howard Zinn
Zinn, a left-wing historian and anti-war activist, was the author of the influential best-seller “A… [More] People’s History of the United States.” He was a professor at Boston University and well know for his some 20 books on social history. He was born to a Jewish immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York. [Less]
1938: David Freiberg
Freiberg is a Jewish-American musician who was the vocalist or bass guitar player with Quicksilver… [More] Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship (the latter is a band in which Freiberg still plays). He began his career as a coffee house folk musician. He lived in Venice, California for a period in which he met other future folk-rockers David Crosby and Paul Kantner. Janis Joplin was believed to be one of his roommates. Freiberg is married to singer Linda Imperial and resides in Marin County, California where he has built a popular state-of-the-art recording studio. [Less]