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Born in Paris, Dassault was a French-Jewish aircraft industrialist. Being of Jewish heritage and after… [More] refusing collaboration with the German aviation industry, he was deported to Buchenwald during World War II while his wife was interned near Paris. He changed his name from Bloch to Bloch-Dassault and, in 1949, to simply Dassault. Dassault was the codename used by his brother, General Darius Paul Bloch, when he served in the French resistance, and is derived from char d’assault, French for “battle tank.” [Less]
1893: Conrad Veidt
Veidt was a German actor best remembered for his roles in films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari… [More] (1919), The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and Casablanca (1942). After a successful career in German silent film, where he was one of the best paid stars of Ufa, he left Germany in 1933 with his new Jewish wife, Illona Prager, and settled in the United Kingdom, where he participated in a number of films before continuing to the United States around 1941. [Less]
1948: Gilbert Levine
Levine is an Jewish0American conductor and a famous personality of international music. In the UK,… [More] Levine and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have recorded Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3. In 2000, Levine was named Artistic Director and Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s “Millennium Creation Series.” In this capacity he toured America and Europe, performing Haydn’s The Creation in televised concerts in Baltimore, London, and Rome. He led the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) in 2003, conducting selections from Verdi and Mozart on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a historic first for that program. He has also played for the Pope. [Less]