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Stavisky was a Jewish-French financier and embezzler whose actions created a political scandal that… [More] became known as the Stavisky Affair. He had been granted bail 19 times, but faced with exposure in December 1933, Stavisky fled. In January 1934, the police found him in a Chamonix chalet dying from a gunshot wound. Officially, Stavisky committed suicide, but there was persistent speculation that the police had killed him. He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery. [Less]
1923: Nadine Gordimer
Gordimer is a South African Jewish writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in… [More] Literature, when she was recognized as a woman “who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity.” Gordimer’s writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as July’s People were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. She has recently been active in HIV/AIDS causes. [Less]
1945: Deborah Eisenberg
Eisenberg is a Jewish-American short-story writer, actor and teacher. She has written four… [More] collections of stories: Transactions in a Foreign Currency (1986), Under the 82nd Airborne (1992), All Around Atlantis (1997), and Twilight of the Superheroes (2006). She was an editorial assistant at The New York Review of Books in 1973. Her longtime companion is actor-writer Wallace Shawn. [Less]