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Vicki Baum was a Jewish-Austrian writer. She’s considered one of the first modern bestselling authors,… [More] and her books are among the first examples of contemporary mainstream literature. She’s known for Menschen im Hotel (“People at a Hotel”, 1929), one of her first international successes.Baum visited Bali in 1935 and became close friends with Walter Spies. With historical and cultural input from Spies, she wrote Liebe und Tod auf Bali (A Tale from Bali) which was published in (1937) and later republished in English as “Love and Death in Bali”. The book was about a family that was caught in the massacre in Bali in 1906 at the fall of the last independent kingdom in Bali to the Dutch. Baum died of leukemia in Hollywood, California, in 1960. [Less]
1941: Neil Diamond
Diamond is a Jewish-American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. As of 2001,… [More] Diamond had sold over 115 million records worldwide including 48 million in the United States alone. Hee is considered to be the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard chart behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres. Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He has had eight number one hit singles: “Cracklin Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Desiree”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “Love on the Rocks”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, and “Heartlight.” [Less]
1948: Elliott Abrams
Abrams is a Jewish-American criminal attorney, and conservative policy analyst who served in foreign policy… [More] positions for two Republican American presidents, Ronald Reagan andGeorge W. Bush. While serving for Reagan and in the State Department, Abrams, Paul Wolfowitz, and retired US Marine Corps officer Oliver North were integral players in the Iran-Contra affair. Abrams held many roles within the affair, some official and unofficial. This included allegedly working with CIA operations that got the US on board with the illegal shipment of arms and supplies. He is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. [Less]