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Joselewicz was a Jewish-Polish merchant and a colonel of the Polish Army during the Kościuszko Uprising.… [More] Joselewicz commanded the first Jewish military formation in modern history. He had spent some time in Paris during the beginning of the French Revolution, and it is thought that this may have later inspired him to join Tadeusz Kościuszko, who advocated similar causes of brotherhood and equality in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. [Less]
1918: Chaim Herzog
Herzog served as the sixth President of Israel (1983–93), following a distinguished career in both the… [More] British Army and the IDF. He immigrated to Palestine in 1935, and served in the Jewish paramilitary group Haganah during the Arab revolt of 1936–39. He joined the British army during World War II, operating primarily in Germany as a tank commander in the Armored Division. He was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in 1943 and participated in the liberation of several concentration camps as well as identifying a captured German soldier as Heinrich Himmler. [Less]
1953: Rita Rudner
Rudner is a Jewish-American comedian, writer and actress. She appeared in several Broadway shows, including the… [More] now-legendary original productions of “Follies” and “Mack & Mabel.” She cites Woody Allen and Jack Benny as her influences. [Less]