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Reinach was a Jewish-French archaeologist, mathematician, lawyer, philologist, epigrapher, historian,… [More] musicologist, professor, politician, numismatist (coin and currency expert), and papyrologist (an expert in ancient literature and legal archives). He had a brilliant career as a scholar, and was called to the Parisian bar, where he practiced from 1881 to 1886 — but he eventually devoted himself to the study of numismatics. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor. [Less]
1883: Franz Kafka
Kafka was a Jewish German-language author of novels and short stories. He was born in Prague and worked as… [More] an insurance officer; much of his work was published posthumously. “The Metamorphosis,” “The Trial,” and “The Palace” are a few of his most famous works. His contemporaries and critics regard Kafka as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” (surreal distortion) has become part of the English language. [Less]
1941: Gloria Rachel Allred
Born Gloria Rachel Bloom to a Jewish family in Philadelphia, Allred is an American lawyer noted for taking… [More] high-profile (and often controversial) cases, particularly those involving the protection of women’s rights. For example, she represented: actress Hunter Tylo when producer Aaron Spelling was believed to have fired her because of her pregnancy; the family of Nicole Simpson during the O.J. Simpson murder trial; and model Kelly Fisher when she sued Dodi Fayed for allegedly breaking off their engagement to begin his highly-publicized relationship with Princess Diana. She also notably co-drafted a version of the Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinance for Los Angeles County, however the legislation did not pass the LA County Board of Supervisors. [Less]