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Weill, a German-Jewish composer, often collaborated with playwright Bertolt Brecht. He was the leading… [More] composer in these collaborations with Brecht: “The Threepenny Opera,” a critique of the capitalist system, which included the famous ballad “Mack the Knife.” He was influenced by other left-leaning artists and fled Nazi Germany to the United States, where he reportedly rarely spoke German. [Less]
1902: Morris ‘Moe’ Berg
Moe was a catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic… [More] Services (OSS) during World War II. He spoke a few languages and reportedly read some 10 newspapers each day. One job he did for the OSS in Italy was interviewing physicists about the German nuclear program, in Italy. The OSS’s successor, the CIA, also employed him occasionally. [Less]
1953: Russ Feingold
Russell Feingold was a Jewish US Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011, until he lost his seat to… [More] Republican Senator Ron Johnson. A senior figure in American politics, Feingold was the recipient of the JFK Profile in Courage Award. He is known as a great champion of civil liberties and freedoms. For example, he was the only US Senator to vote against president George Bush’s controversial USA PATRIOT Act after September 11. tHe also cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, otherwise known as the Mccain-Feingold Act, a landmark campaign finance reform legislation. It took seven years for the legislation to pass. [Less]