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A Jewish American trial lawyer, Nizer authored the best-selling book “My Life in Court.’ He represented… [More] journalist Quentin Reynolds in a libel suit that served as the basis for a Broadway play entitled “A Case of Libel.” [Less]
1920: James H. Scheuer
Scheuer was a Jewish Democrat and member of the House of Representatives on behalf of New York… [More] from 1965 until 1973. A strong liberal, he supported legislation for the Head Start early education program, environmental protection and automotive safety. He also was a staunch supporter of Israel and the cause of Soviet Jews. He was the first high-ranking American official to meet with refuseniks, and in 1972 was detained and then expelled from the Soviet Union for meeting with Jews who were trying to emigrate from that country. [Less]
1922: Haskell Wexler
Considered one of film history’s ten most influential cinematographers, Wexler has received… [More] a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers, and two academy awards for his films “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” and “Bound for Glory.” Wexler was born to Jewish parents in Chicago. [Less]