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Fromm was a German journalist and author of Jewish origin, who lived in exile in the United States from 1938.… [More] She is best known as the author of “Blood and Banquets” (1943), an account of her time as diplomatic correspondent for Berlin newspapers during the Weimar Republic, and of her experiences during the first five years of the Third Reich. Although this book was published as an authentic contemporary diary — it’s frequently cited as such — recent research suggests that Fromm wrote it in the US after leaving Germany. [Less]
1902: Max Lerner
Lerner was a Jewish-American journalist and educator known for his controversial syndicated column. He… [More] immigrated to the United States from Russia with his parents. His most influential book was like “America as a Civilization: Life and Thought in the United States Today” (1957). He was a staunch opponent of discrimination against African-Americans, but supported the wartime internment of Japanese Americans and backed an American Civil Liberties Union resolution on the issue to “subordinate civil liberties to wartime considerations and political loyalties.” During the 1930s, he was a strong advocate of the New Deal. [Less]
1917: David Bohm
Bohm was a Jewish-American theoretical physicist who contributed innovative and unorthodox ideas to… [More] quantum theory, philosophy of mind, and neuropsychology. Although not admitted to the Manhattan Project, some of his findings were useful to the team of scientists that worked on the atomic bomb. Due to suspicions of Communism during the McCarthy era, he left the US. He pursued his scientific career in several countries, becoming a Brazilian, and later, a British citizen. He is widely considered to be one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century. [Less]