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Szilard was a physicist from Hungary. He was a refugee from Hitler’s Europe who first sounded the alarm… [More] about the need to build an atomic bomb. He worked with Einstein on the letter that Einstein would take to FDR in 1939. This effort led to the Manhattan Project. [Less]
1909: Max Baer
Baer was a heavyweight fighter who knocked out Max Schmeling, the German champion and symbol of Hitler’s… [More] Germany, in 1933. Some speculation about Baer being Jewish exists. However, he had a Magen David (a Jewish star of David, often used to symbolized Judaism) embroidered on his shorts during the fight against Schmeling. He became a popular figure among Jews. [Less]
1920: King Farouk
Farouk was the last king of Egypt. He joined the other Arab states and led Egypt into war with Israel in 1948.… [More] Gamal Abdel Nasser took power after Farouk was ousted in the “Free Officers” military coup in 1952. Nasser was the leader of the pan-Arab movement which was also hostile to Israel. [Less]