The Hollywood Legend Who Mobilized the English Language on Behalf of the Jews of Europe and Israel https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2019/07/the-hollywood-legend-who-mobilized-the-english-language-on-behalf-of-the-jews-of-europe-and-israel/

Ben Hecht invented the gangster movie. He also prodded Roosevelt into saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, and marshaled reluctant American Jews into becoming Zionists.

July 3, 2019 | Rick Richman
About the author: Rick Richman is the author of Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler (Encounter). His most recent contribution to Mosaic was “One Who Fought Back: Herschel Grynszpan and the Holocaust.”

Ben Hecht in 1946. Eileen Darby/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images.

“In [1939], I became a Jew and looked on the world with Jewish eyes.” —Ben Hecht, A Child of the Century

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