This Day in Jewish History 1964: Hollywood Writer With 'Zero Interest in Jews' Dies

But not before he had become a vociferous advocate for the rescue of European Jewry during the Holocaust.

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On April 18, 1964, the screenwriter, novelist and militant Jewish activist Ben Hecht died. In his day, Hecht was Hollywood’s highest paid writer, and in addition to the 65 or so scripts for which he was...