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Arendt was a Jewish-German American political theorist. Her works often dealt with the themes of… [More] totalitarianism, power, and authority. At the University of Marburg, she studied philosophy with Martin Heidegger. She was unable to get a teaching job in Germany because anti-Semitic laws; she fled to Paris, and then escaped death in the concentration camps by fleeing to the United States. Her first major book, “The Origins of Totalitarianism” (1951), traced the roots of Stalinist Communism and Nazism in both anti-Semitism and imperialism; it was criticized by the Left. Her most famous work, however, is possibly “The Human Condition” (1958). [Less]
1939: Ralph Lauren
Born Ralph Lifschitz in The Bronx, NYC, Lauren is a Jewish-American fashion designer and business… [More] executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. He used to sell ties to classmates at school, and he did not attend fashion school, but worked for Brooks Brothers as a salesman. In 1967, with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label “Polo.” (He later received the rights to use the trademark Polo from Brooks Brothers). As of March 2012, Forbes estimates his wealth at $7.5 billion dollars, making him the 122nd richest person in the world. [Less]
1961: Isaac Mizrahi
Mizrahi, born in Brooklyn, NYC to a Jewish-Egyptian family, is a fashion designer, American TV presenter, and… [More] creative director of Xcel Brands. He is best known for his eponymous fashion lines. He attended Yeshiva of Flatbush, High School of Performing Arts, and the Parsons School of Design. Mizrahi presented his first collection in 1987 at a trunk show held by famed New York department store Bergdorf Goodman — soon after, the French fashion house, Chanel, began bankrolling his fashion design company — but pulled out a few years later. He also launched a lower-cost label, and designed for chains like Target and Liz Claiborne. He is famous for changing the look of his designs every few seasons. [Less]