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geles or Detroit or Chicago or even
Des Moines, was really born in
Of course, there are always
going to be a few who insist they
were born elsewhere. Actor Rob-
by Benson and producer Aaron
Spelling claim, for example, to
have been born in Texas. Actress
Barbara Hershey says she was
born in Hollywood.
But some truths are just too
powerful to ignore: Lenny
Bruce's observation, for exam-
ple, that everyone in New York
City, regardless of what religion
he says he is, is actually Jewish.
Or the comedian's comment that
everyone Italian must be Jew-
ish. So, too, comes the fact that
everyone Jewish, regardless of
what appears on his birth cer-
tificate, was born in Brooklyn.
Among the famous Jews ad-
mitting birth in New York's
fourth-largest borough: Joey
Adams, Woody Allen, Lyle Alza-
do, Mel Brooks, Andrew Dice
Clay, Aaron Copland, Alan Der-
showitz, Neil Diamond, Richard
Dreyfuss, Herb Edelman, Har-
vey Fierstein, Milton Friedman,
David Geffen, George Gershwin,
Elliot Gould, Buddy Hackett,
Curly and Moe Howard, Gabe
Kaplan, Danny Kaye, Harvey
Keitel, Carole King, Bernie
Kopell, Martin Landau, Steve
Lawrence, Bernard Malamud,
Barry Manilow, Zero Mostel,
Joseph Papp, Buddy Rich, Joan
Rivers, Neil Sedaka, Jerry Se-
infeld, Maurice Sendak, Ben-
jamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Beverly
Sills, Barbra Streisand, Irving
Thalberg and Wendy Wasser-
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The late Bernard Malamud: The Natural
author never dodged the fact that he
was born in Brooklyn.
Q:Why is it that Pentecost, the
English name for the Jewish holi-
day of Shavuot, also is the name
of a Christian holiday?
A: In Hebrew, Shavuot
Q: Everybody knows about the
Nuremberg Trials, where Nazi lead-
ers from Germany were brought to
trial. But whatever happened to
the notorious Arrow Cross Party,
Hungary's fascist leaders during
World War II?
means "weeks," because the
holiday is seven weeks (and
one day) after Pesach. "Penta-
A:The Arrow Cross (in
cost" is derived from the Greek Hungarian, Nyilaskeresztes
pentekostos meaning "50th." Part-Hungarista Mozgalom)
Shavuot came to be called was the most extreme of a
Pentecost during the Hel- number of fascist parties
lenistic period of Jewish histo- in Hungary during World War
on the 50th
that on that
day the Holy
the 50th day As part of their Shavuot celebrations, children offer fruits to
after Easter an elderly woman in Jerusalem.
which in Christian thought
Though founded in the
took on a new meaning.
1930s, the party didn't
Shavuot commemorates the rise to prominence until
first fruits of the wheat harvest Ferenc Szalasi took over in
and the giving of the Torah at 1940. Born in 1897, Szalasi
Mount Sinai. The church's became a close friend of Hitler,
transformation of Shavuot was who appointed him "Nation's
based on the belief that the Leader" following the Nazi
"gift of the spirit" from Jesus occupation of Hungary.
was the first fruits of the new
Szalasi began his nation's
dispensation that fulfilled and anti-Jewish program first
succeeded the religious system with sanctions, followed
of the Torah.
by pogroms, the establishment
of Jewish ghettos, and finally
0:1 heard that the most popular by shipping Hungarian Jewry
novelist in Colombia during the off to the death camps.
The Arrow Cross, whose
19th century has a Jewish con-
wore green uni-
nection. What can you tell me
forms with a badge of crossed
arrows, fell in April 1945 when
A: Born in 1837, Jorge Isaacs the Soviet army liberated
was the author of the love sto- Hungary. Ferenc Szalasi tem-
ry Maria, which continues to porarily escaped into Ger-
this day as a classic of Latin many, where American
authorities captured him. He
Isaacs was the son of a was returned to Hungary
Colombian mother and a where he and other leaders of
British Jew who converted to the Arrow Cross were tried,
Christianity. He was raised a convicted and executed in
Maria, Isaacs' only work,
was an instant success when
it was published in 1867.
It was translated into numer-
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