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Rothman was a UK Jewish political activist and conservation leader. He was most famous for his leading role… [More] in the Mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932, which was a notable act of willful trespass by ramblers undertake Derbyshire, England to highlight that walkers in England and Wales were denied access to areas of open country. He was highly influenced by the works of Upton Sinclair and believed in the merit of socialism, or communism. Rothman was also actively involved with Jewish groups in Manchester to oppose the campaigns of Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. [Less]
1926: Marilyn Monroe
Born Norma Jeane Mortensen Baker, Monroe became a major sex symbol in the 1950s and early 1960s. She was an… [More] American actress, model, and singer. After growing up in several foster home, Monroe played the sex symbol or “dumb blonde” in several hit movies. She was married to the famous playwright Arthur Miller for a period, after converting to Judaism for him. Her personal life was marred with fluctuations and problems. She died of a presumed overdose, although rumors still exist that there were other reasons for her sudden death. [Less]
1937: Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
Rabbi Meir Lau is the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of Yad Vashem, after the passing of Tommy Lapid. He… [More] previously served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1993 to 2003. He is the 38th generation in an unbroken family chain of rabbis. His father died in the Treblinka concentration camp, and he himself was freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945 (He has credited a teen prisoner with protecting him in the camp). His entire family was murdered during the Holocaust, with the exception of his older brother, Naphtali Lau-Lavie, his half brother, Yehoshua Lau-Hager, as well as his uncle, who had already moved to Mandate Palestine. [Less]