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August 24, 2014

"Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero"

Who knew? I certainly didn't.

Bonus: Q and A with one of Superman's biggest fans



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A great many people who made a big impact in the US in the 20th century were Jews who immigrated here from Tsarist Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I could include a long list but I'll just name my favorite: Irving Berlin, whose family came to New York from a small village in Mogilev Oblast, in what is now Belarus but a century ago was part of the Russian empire. I think Kirk Douglas's family was from there also. And Meyer Lansky as well.

Russia confined them to the Pale of Settlement and capped their attendance at schools, while the US accepted them as immigrants and enrolled them in schools. There's probably a lesson there.

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