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Ha’am was a Hebrew essayist, and one of the foremost pre-state Zionist thinkers. He is known as the… [More] founder of Cultural Zionism. With his secular vision of a Jewish spiritual center in Palestine he confronted Theodor Herzl. Ha’am strived for a Jewish state while Herzl fought for a state of Jews. [Less]
1920: Shelley Winters
Winters was a Jewish-American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her… [More] career spanned over 50 years and more than 100 films. Winters won Academy Awards for her acting in “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “A Patch of Blue.” She is also noted for her role as man-hungry Charlotte in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita.” [Less]
1933: Roman Polanski
Polanski, a Holocaust survivor, is a French-Polish Jewish film producer, writer and actor whose movie,… [More] “The Pianist,” is based on auto-biographical moments. He is considered one of the world’s foremost international filmmakers. Polanski’s movies have inspired diverse directors, including the Coen brothers, Darren Aronofsky, and Wes Craven. [Less]