Saturday, April 16, 2011

Charlie Chaplin (April 16,1889)

The notion that Chaplin was Jewish seems to have originated with the Nazis, who hated his politics. His parents seem to have been British vaudeville performers but not Jewish. So his film “The Great Dictator” was a masterpiece of anti-Nazi sentiments but that can, I think, make him a hero to secular Jews.

Google has already celebrated Chaplin's birthday with a Chaplin-style YouTube video.

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