Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What? He Wasn't Jewish?

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born on July 1, 1934, in Lafayette, Ind., and reared in South Bend. By Mr. Pollack’s own account, in the book “World Film Directors,” his father, David, a pharmacist, and his mother, the former Rebecca Miller, were first-generation Russian-Americans who had met at Purdue University.



Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia:

Sydney Irwin Pollack was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to a family of Jewish immigrants from Russia

Anonymous said...

I, a non-practicing jew lit a Yartzeit candle and said Yiskor and Kaddish for him. I don't know his religious affiliation in life, he married a non Jewish woman and don't know if she converted, but it was important to me, as a Jew to do something that I would do for a favaorite uncle. It made me feel better. I hope it didn't offend his family.

YMedad said...

What I meant was that the NYTimes, which is usually such a stickler for these things, left out (on purpose?) his Jewish origins. And Anon 12:59, you did well.

Peter Drubetskoy said...

I have seen this many times: somebody Jewishness is not emphasized,rather his or her country of origin. I doubt NYTimes did it on purpose. For one, there is no motive.