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Mendoza was a Jewish-English prizefighter, who was boxing champion of England 1792–95. He helped… [More] transform the English stereotype of a Jew from a weak, defenseless person into someone deserving of respect. He is also believed to have been the first Jew to talk to King George III. [Less]
1879: Wanda Landowska
Landowska was a Polish (later a naturalized French citizen) harpsichordist whose performances,… [More] teaching, recordings and writings played a large role in reviving the popularity of the harpsichord in the early 20th century. She was the first person to record Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on the harpsichord, in 1931. A Jew, Landowska emigrated to the US after Germany invaded France, and arrived on the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. [Less]
1897: Paul Ben-Haim
Ben-Haim was an Israeli composer originally from Munich, Germany. He composed chamber music, works for… [More] choir, orchestra and solo instruments, and songs. He championed Jewish national music, and many of his own compositions are in a late Romantic vein with Middle Eastern overtones (similar to Ernest Bloch). [Less]