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Mannheim was a Jewish Hungarian-born sociologist, influential in the first half of the 20th century and one of… [More] the founding fathers of classical sociology and a founder of the sociology of knowledge. He moved from Hungary to Germany and then fled the Nazis to Britain. His intellectual sources were György Lukács, Martin Heidegger, Karl Marx, and other cultural Marxists who were questioning a “decaying” world around them during World War II. In his work, he synthesized elements derived from German historicism, Marxism, phenomenology, sociology and Anglo-American pragmatism. [Less]
1909: Golo Mann
Born Angelus Gottfried Thomas Mann, he was a popular historian, essayist and writer. He was the third child of… [More] the novelist Thomas Mann and his wife Katia Mann. By the Halacha, Jewish law, Mann is considered Jewish by virtue of his mother being Jewish. He wa originally a Bavarian German before moving to Czech, Switzerland, and the United States. He studied the philosophical works of Hegel for his PhD dissertation and fought against the Nazis in a Czech unit in France in World War II. He then worked for the US Army, translating important documents from other languages. He stayed involved with German politics after the war and also wrote several books (and worked as a ghost writer). [Less]
1914: Budd Schulberg
Schulberg was a Jewish-American screenwriter, novelist, television producer, and sports writer. He is… [More] best known for his 1941 novel, “What Makes Sammy Run?,” his 1947 novel “The Harder They Fall, “his 1954 Academy-award-winning screenplay for “On the Waterfront,” (that starred Marlon Brando), and his 1957 screenplay for “A Face in the Crowd.” He served in the Navy during World War II and was the son of a successful Hollywood producer. [Less]