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Ehrenburg was a Soviet-Jewish writer, journalist, translator, and cultural figure. He’s among the most… [More] prolific and notable authors of the Soviet Union; he published around one hundred titles. He became known first and foremost as a novelist and a journalist – in particular, as a reporter in three wars (First World War, Spanish Civil War and the Second World War). His articles on the Second World War provoked intense controversies in West Germany, especially during the sixties. The novel The Thaw gave its name to an entire era of Soviet cultural politics, namely, the liberalization after the death of Joseph Stalin. [Less]
1895: Harry Ruby
Ruby was a Jewish-American songwriter (composer) and screenwriter. After failing in his early ambition to… [More] become a professional baseball player, he toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist with the Bootblack Trio and the Messenger Boys Trio, where he met his long-time partner, lyricist Bert Kalmar. Together, Ruby and Kalmar formed a successful songwriting team until the latter’s death in 1947, and this partnership is portrayed in the 1950 MGM musical Three Little Words starring Fred Astaire as Kalmar and Red Skelton as Ruby. He died in Woodland Hills, California. His interment was located at Chapel of the Pines Crematory. He was also Groucho Marx’s best friend, and appeared several times on Marx’s television program, You Bet Your Life. [Less]
1929: Richard Ottinger
Ottinger is a Jewish-American politician of the Democratic Party, a former member of the United States… [More] House of Representatives, and a legal educator. He was one of the founders and the second staff member of the Peace Corps, serving as director of programs for the west coast of South America from 1961 to 1964. [Less]