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Frederick was one of the most powerful Holy Roman Emperors of the Middle Ages and head of the House of… [More] Hohenstaufen. His political and cultural ambitions, based in Sicily and stretching through Italy to Germany, and even to Jerusalem, were enormous. However, his enemies, especially the popes, prevailed, and his dynasty collapsed soon after his death. In Jewish history, he is famous as the leader who improved conditions for the Jews of Palermo, Naples, and Jerusalem. [Less]
1902: Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan
Kaplan was a Russian-Jewish painter, sculptor and printmaker, whose works often reflect his Jewish origins.… [More] Like March Chagall, another famous Russian-Jewish painter, his family was from the Pale of Settlement in Imperial Russia. The shtetl figures in many of Kaplan’s paintings — autobiographical references — are very clear in The Butcher’s Shop (1972) and Tailor’s Shops (1975) and in the many illustrations which he was to create to accompany the works of Sholem Aleichem. [Less]
1927: Alan King
King was a Jewish-American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. He became… [More] well known for being a Jewish comedian and satirist. In addition to being a serious actor who appeared in a number of movies and television shows, King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes. [Less]