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Born in Bohemia but later an immigrant to the US, Freund was a Jewish-German cinematographer and… [More] film director best known most noted for photographing Metropolis (1927), Dracula (1931), and television’s I Love Lucy (1951-1957). He worked as a cinematographer on over 100 films and he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for The Good Earth (1937). [Less]
1930: Norman Podhoretz
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to a left-leaning immigrant Jewish family, Podhoretz is an American… [More] neoconservative pundit and writer for Commentary magazine. In 1963, he wrote the influential essay “My Negro Problem — And Ours,” in which he described the oppression he felt from African-Americans as a child, and concluded by calling for a color-blind society, advocating “the wholesale merging of the two races [as] the most desirable alternative for everyone concerned.” [Less]
1933: Susan Sontag
Born Susan Rosenblatt in New York City to Jewish parents, Sontag was an American writer and filmmaker,… [More] professor, literary icon, and political activist. Beginning with the publication of her 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'”, Sontag became an international cultural and intellectual celebrity. Her best known works include On Photography, Against Interpretation, The Way We Live Now, Illness as Metaphor, Regarding the Pain of Others, The Volcano Lover and In America. Sontag was active in writing and speaking about or traveling to areas of conflict, including during the Vietnam War and the Siege of Sarajevo. She wrote extensively about photography, culture and media, AIDS and illness, human rights, and communism and leftist ideology. Her often provocative essays and speeches sometimes drew criticism. The New York Review of Books called her “one of the most influential critics of her generation.” She was also a declared bisexual, whose last relationship, with famed photographer Anne Liebovitz, last about a decade. [Less]