Chantal Akerman's dark genius for showing unromanticized life and sex wasn't widely appreciated at the time.
David B. Green
Habib Bourguiba advocated a rare pragmatism towards Israel and apologized on behalf of the people after the Six-Day War riots, but the Jews took the hint, and left.
This Day in Jewish History 1929: Maybe Chuck Barris Was Born (And No, the CIA Says He Wasn't a Hitman)
Love his creativity or hate his gift to society, Chuck Barris invented the reality genre of humiliation as TV entertainment.
Both believed in resettling persecuted Jews but Baron de Hirsch thought Theodor Herzl's idea delusional.
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.
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.