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Koussevitzky was a Russian-born Jewish conductor, composer and double-bassist, known for his long… [More] tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949. Over that 25-year period, he built the ensemble’s reputation into that of a leading American orchestra, and developed its summer concert and educational programs at Tanglewood. Koussevitzky was born into a poor Jewish family 250 km outside of Moscow. [Less]
1928: Netiva Ben Yehuda
Ben Yehuda was an Israeli author, editor and media personality. She was a commander in the pre-state Jewish… [More] underground, Palmach. She joined the Palmach at the age of 19 and was trained in demolition, bomb disposal, topography, and scouting. Her duties included transferring ammunition, escorting convoys, and training recruits. She commanded a sapper unit, and fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. She left the army in 1949, and began other careers, including publishing books and hosting a late-night radio talk show. [Less]
1928: Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick was a Jewish-American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor. He is… [More] regarded as having been one of America’s greatest filmmakers. His films were often adaptations of novels or short stories and were noted for their “dazzling” and unique cinematography. He was known as a paint-staking perfectionist. His films covered a variety of genres, including war, black comedy, horror and science fiction. [Less]