Henry Heimlich was right to suspect that cutting-edge tech isn't the answer to choking on steak at a diner, but his 'malariotherapy' failed to catch on.
David B. Green
He'd written the books decades earlier but they had to be hidden from the Nazis.
When no medical school accepted him, Julius Axelrod took the exam for postal workers. Yet he won a Nobel for his work on antidepressants.
Josef von Sternberg, doyen of silent movies, rose to greatness in talkies – in his creation of Marlene Dietrich, and his suffering at her hands.
The Schechter brothers won the battle with FDR but lost the war, remaining financially ruined – yet held no grudges.
Passing for Aryan, Haika Grossman smuggled arms with the Polish Resistance; finally in Israel, she would join politics and fight for women's issues.
Henry Barron famously tackled the impossibility of investigating the British role in bombings in Ireland, and was not thanked.
Marcel Janco helped create the irreverent art movement Dadaism during WWI and, sick of violence, moved to Israel.
The tale of the Jewish convert Count Valentine Potocki could be for real, or a byproduct of the struggle between 18th-century Jewish sects.
Emil Hirsch, Reform rabbi of Chicago, rose to the occasion of the era's profound changes and preached for the role of religion.