Interesting. Not easy, but always Interesting!

A friend sent me the email I have attached below.  It extolls the accomplishments of my people, the Jews, rather briefly and without mentioning that because of a Jew named Einstein, a group of Jews one of whom was the Italian Jew, Enrico Fermi, managed to invent a way to split the atom and give us a bomb which saved more than a million American and Japanese lives at the cost of about 300,000 Japanese lives.  This led to the peaceful use of nuclear power to create electricity and ease the need for fossil fuels.

I know we are an extraordinary warrior race, born out of adversity and hardened in 40 years of wandering in the desert.  Had some guy invented GPS at the time of the exodus, who knows what we would have become.  Our brilliance is unequalled as is, at times, our immodesty.  We do better in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Music, Writing and so many other fields that even I, an inordinately proud Jew, am amazed.

 What I have never understood is why people hate us as a group.  From the beginning of recorded history people have tried to kill us–most notably the Romans, most successfully the Spanish (at the end of WW2 there were 12 Jews left in all of Spain, most killed during the Inquisition, and most publicly the Germans and the Russians (Holocaust and Pogroms).  Had the Russians not been so happy and eager to conduct regular pogroms, I and all my family probably would have been wiped out by the Nazis and all their too willing helpers.
Now, living in SE Asia, I have found a place(s) where Jews are honored and respected.  Asians (Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese from my personal knowledge and experience) like Jews and think we are the best businessmen in the world.
Of course they are correct and I would never do anything to dissuade them of this belief.  Here’s the email:
THIS IS REALLY PRETTY AMAZING WHEN ONE THINKS OF HOW SMALL THE JEWISH POPULATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN!

JEWISH TRIVIA

Some interesting facts – some you may already know but some were new to me.

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The Roosevelts cid:05CEFBE4-D43E-4B44-AFE1-77EC4D1BC865  were Jewish Dutch, arriving in NYC in 1682 (Originally name Claes Rosenvelt before name change to Nicholas Roosevelt) Sarah Delano, FDR’s mother, was descended from Sephardic Jews.

Joseph Stalin cid:C12171C2-A6C7-4DA9-9EB9-020FDD8BA2FD  was originally named Joseph David Djugashvili (translating into “son of a Jew.”) All 3 of the women he married were Jewish.

Dwight Eisenhower’s cid:8A31CEF0-CC47-4307-917A-F18E61571366  father was a Swedish Jew and was so identified in the West Point Yearbook of 1915.

INTERESTING JEWISH FACTS

1. Lillian Friedman married Cruz Rivera. They named their baby Geraldo Miguel Rivera (Funny, it doesn’t sound Jewish.) Since, according to Jewish Law, anyone born to a Jewish mother is Jewish, Geraldo Rivera cid:B2BC5847-8819-4DA2-9992-24E58A7970AE  is Jewish. As were, among others: Fiorello Laguardia, Winston Churchill   and Cary Grant, as Explained below.

2. Fiorello Laguardia’s cid:E29BAD19-3CD2-4FA6-80FC-98E8E78CE0C3  mother’s name was Jacobson. His father was not Jewish.   Laguardia spoke seven languages — including Hebrew and Yiddish – fluently.

3. Winston Churchill’s mother’s name was Jenny Jerome.

4. Cary Grant ‘s cid:DD89DF65-0E94-46DF-82CA-BE01DA67B384  mother, Elsie, was Jewish. His father, Elias Leach, was not. Grant’s original name was Archibald Alexander Leach. (Robin Leach is his    First cousin).

5. Peter Sellers’ mother, Margaret Marks, was Jewish. His father, Bill Sellers, was Protestant. Peter’s real name is Richard Henry Sellers.

6. David Bowie’s cid:B4810CCD-24B6-44FE-BDAE-DEBC6D527D15  mother is Jewish, his father is not. One of Bowie ‘s album covers discusses his Jewish ancestry. His real name: David Stenton Haywood Jones.

7. Robert DeNiro’s cid:314EB6E6-36FA-4384-AB08-45E7F26C1F47  mother is Jewish; his father is not.

8. Shari Belafonte’s cid:680A2601-ABA7-4E6B-A780-6BEB56AEDD1B  mother is Jewish. Her father, Harry, has a Jewish Grandfather.

9. Olivia Newton John’s cid:0A646974-C800-4E50-9EB7-028C481CA319  Jewish grandfather was a Nobel Prize winning Physicist.

10. Harrison Ford’s mother cid:0CFB63BA-80A4-437A-B7DB-26C68BCC5176  is Russian Jewish, his father is Irish Catholic.

ALWAYS GOOD TO KNOW AND REMEMBER!

Fact: The first theater to be used solely for the showing of motion pictures was built by a Jew (Adolf Zukor).

Fact: The first full-length sound picture, The Jazz Singer was produced by the Jewish Samuel L. Goldwyn cid:EFA5FDF3-C91F-4E37-B9EC-082072982177  & Louis B. Mayer cid:5458AF0F-B299-4B62-AE7C-A47847AAE9A1  (MGM).

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Abraham Waksman) coined the term antibiotics.

Fact: A Polish Jew cid:8517F94D-D284-45E0-90F6-B0879021DF16  (Casimir Funk) who pioneered a new field of medical research gave us a word now common in our language — vitamins.

Fact: The first successful operation for appendicitis was performed by a
Jewish surgeon (Dr. Simon Baruch) cid:BF18EABD-EF88-4E1B-AAF3-7921F298FD2C

Fact: The doctor (Dr. Abraham Jacobi) hailed as America ‘s father of Pediatrics was a Jew. cid:3C1C4711-9CB4-4A19-A1A7-9A9D68C4E879

Fact: Until a Jewish doctor (Dr. Siccary) cid:E5F63AEC-C9F9-4650-ADF7-6288FD9E24A8  showed differently, Americans believed the tomato was poisonous.

Fact: Jewish Levi [“Levi’s”] Strauss (inventor of jeans) is the largest clothing retailer in the world. cid:C9BC2472-708E-4B8F-868F-7765A07566D9

Fact: In 1909, four Jews were among the 60 multi cultural signers of the Call to the National Action, which resulted in the creation cid:E4E7B5A4-32AE-4B18-AB0D-D0EA1DA04FC7  of the  NAACP.

Fact: A Jew (Emile Berliner) cid:4000D67C-7583-4D5F-8D62-C6D205656FE5  is the man who developed the modern day phonograph. While Thomas Edison was working out a type of phonograph that used a cylinder as a record, Berliner invented a machine that would play a disc. The machine he patented was called the gramophone, and the famous RCA trademark is a picture of a dog listening to “his master’s voice” on Berliner’s device. The gramophone was superior to Edison ‘s machine. In short, Emile Berliner made possible the modern record industry. His company was eventually absorbed by the Victor Talking Machine Company, now known as RCA.

Fact: Jewish Louis B. Mayer (MGM) created the idea for the Oscar. cid:BB36D506-62B2-4CE8-9ACB-A1BE0F1775B4

Fact: European Jews are the founding fathers of all the Hollywood cid:BC3FE4F9-9D42-481A-A6C1-3165B9071D55Studios.

Fact: Jews comprise a mere 1/4 of 1% (13 million) cid:85D11AB3-9047-4CCC-A575-3638B55A41C2  of the population
(6 Billion).

Fact: 99% of the world is non Jewish.

Fact: Three of greatest & most influential thinkers dominating the 20th
Century were Jewish – Einstein, cid:D2740DED-4927-4479-8848-1B17FA2144B1  Freud, cid:C2B6F472-8D20-4024-8E96-208EF2C15D5C  and Marx.

Fact: The most popular selling Christmas song (“White Christmas”) was written by a Jew. (Irving Berlin)

Fact: Of the 660 Nobel prizes cid:78585B30-74ED-4E5E-8A6B-91FB1F2F2A13  from 1901 – 1990, 160 have been won by Jews.
In the end, Jews win more Nobel prizes than any other ethnicity. They win
40x more than should be expected of them, based upon their small population
numbers.

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Jonas Salk) cid:34C9E0A6-C7FF-4CB2-8754-07179E8D88FB  is the creator of the first Polio Vaccine.

Fact: Jews (Hayam Solomon cid:F08FA00D-8299-4DE6-9B0A-AF1BABAEA197  & Isaac Moses) are responsible for creating the
first modern banking institutions.

Fact: Jews also created the first department stores of the 19th century: cid:EB6F5CA2-54BA-4245-AB4C-E79B0938C87BThe
Altmans, Gimbels, Kaufmanns, Lazaruses, Magnins, Mays, Strausses became leaders of major department stores. Julius Rosenwald revolutionized the way   Americans purchased goods by improving Sears Roebuck’s mail order merchandising. Hart, Schaffner, Marx, Kuppenheimer and Levi Strauss became
household names in men’s clothing
Fact: Jewish Marc Chagall cid:F8A9232E-C1B9-4B1C-A899-EEE9B8308425  (born Segal, Russia ) is one of the great 20th
century painters.

Fact: English Jewish financiers such as Isaac Goldsmid, Nathan Rothschild, David Salomons, and Moses Montefiore, whose fortunes helped England cid:EDE23894-05DA-49A9-9F37-4CDD13E02D54become an empire.

Fact: In 1918, Detroit , a Jew (Max Goldberg) opened the “first” commercial
parking lot. cid:4DA5D2E4-57EA-4ECA-8491-5A31C8E1D158

Fact: In 1910, a Jew (Louis Blaustein) and his son opened the “first” gas
station, eventually founding AMOCO OIL. cid:21006A92-9B36-43C1-BBBF-198DD203B646  One of the richest oil families in the world.

Fact: A Jew (Dr. Albert Sabin) cid:16F9D232-5F40-47E1-819D-7B8E2D517110  developed the first “oral polio vaccine.”

Fact: A Jew (Steven Spielberg) cid:A70CAB5F-FEB6-4FAF-ABCA-282BE5F2D995  is the most successful filmmaker since the
advent of film.

Fact: A Jewish poet’s (Emma Lazarus) cid:86CF72D3-9683-44DE-B122-655A17D8163F  famous poem, ´The New Collossus¡ appears as the inscription on the Statue Of Liberty

Fact: Jewish Harry Houdini   cid:F7133AFD-BC01-4EBD-BBBB-D486D134AEB2 (Weiss) is the father of Magic/Illusion.

Fact: Jewish Abraham cid:66044BDA-1205-4F26-8141-FC992B9C75DA  is the father of the world’s 3 major religions:
Judaism, Christianity & Islam (ancestors of the Hebrew & Arabic peoples).
Fact: Jews cid:5B5087F9-2B6F-4BFA-B10E-44F21DDED371  are the oldest of any people on earth still around with their national identity and cultural heritage intact.

Fact: George & Ira Gershwin & Irving Berlin (Jews) are three of the most
prolific composers of the 20th century.
Fact: Isadore & Nathan Straus (Jews) – “Abraham & Straus,” eventually became
sole owners of Macy’s cid:6FAF43F0-CC71-426E-BDA7-76E44D1A9E18  (world’s largest department store) in 1896.

Fact: Dr. Paul cid:136C744D-4A09-44CA-B082-4363841E1179  Ehrlich (Jew) – physician, Nobel Prize in 1908 for curing syphilis.

Fact: Armand Hammer (Jew) – “Arm & Hammer,” cid:53236F6A-9A57-4FE6-A236-07B7048CB890  physician & businessman originated the largest trade between U. S. and Russia …

Fact: Louis Santanel (Jew) was the financier who provided the funds for
Columbus ‘ cid:C30C7393-37EB-424F-BB54-F749870E4E94  voyage to America ..

Fact: Sherry Lansing (Jew) cid:83D88E16-F4E6-4214-B3B2-904478E0FC74  of Paramount Pictures, became the first woman
president of a major Hollywood studio.

Fact: Flo Zigfield (Jew) of “Zigfield Follies,” cid:B1EE3357-E969-4AF9-A387-B3311CBD5B30  is the creator of American
burlesque.

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