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Esther M. Broner

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Feminist activist, novelist and playwright Esther M. Broner (1930 – 2011) is perhaps best known in the Jewish world as the author of The Women's Haggadah.

Institution: Private collection.

Feminist activist, novelist and playwright Esther M. Broner (1930 – 2011) is perhaps best known in the Jewish world as the author of The Women's Haggadah.

Institution: Private collection.

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Suzanne Brøgger, August 1, 1985

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The provocative Danish writer Suzanne Brøgger had only one Jewish grandparent, her mother's father. Yet when Germany occupied her homeland the family was forced to flee. Years later, she wrote: "I don’t believe in ‘identity’ as such, Jewish or otherwise, but as long as there is antisemitism in the world, I will... claim my Jewish heritage." She is shown here on August 1, 1985.

Photographer: Marina Allemano.

The provocative Danish writer Suzanne Brøgger had only one Jewish grandparent, her mother's father. Yet when Germany occupied her homeland the family was forced to flee. Years later, she wrote: "I don’t believe in ‘identity’ as such, Jewish or otherwise, but as long as there is antisemitism in the world, I will... claim my Jewish heritage." She is shown here on August 1, 1985.

Photographer: Marina Allemano.

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Sarah Bernhardt, 1880

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"Accused" of sounding "like a Jew," French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) wrote, "I am a daughter of the great Jewish race, and my somewhat uncultivated language is the outcome of our enforced wanderings." Indeed, she took her own theater company around the world, transforming herself, a member of the wandering race, into an object of worldwide welcome and acclaim. The great French actress appears here in 1880.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress.

"Accused" of sounding "like a Jew," French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) wrote, "I am a daughter of the great Jewish race, and my somewhat uncultivated language is the outcome of our enforced wanderings." Indeed, she took her own theater company around the world, transforming herself, a member of the wandering race, into an object of worldwide welcome and acclaim. The great French actress appears here in 1880.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress.

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Sarah Bernhardt, 1896

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French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), called the "Divine Sarah" by her many fans and recognized as the first international stage star, remained proud of her Jewish identity. She is shown here in 1896.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress.

French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), called the "Divine Sarah" by her many fans and recognized as the first international stage star, remained proud of her Jewish identity. She is shown here in 1896.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress.

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Sarah Bernhardt, circa 1890

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Sarah Bernhardt (1844 – 1923) as Hamlet. London, circa 1890.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress

Sarah Bernhardt (1844 – 1923) as Hamlet. London, circa 1890.

Institution: U.S. Library of Congress

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Sabina Berman

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Playwright, writer, journalist, screenwriter, and film director, Sabina Berman.

Playwright, writer, journalist, screenwriter, and film director, Sabina Berman.

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Gertrude Berg

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Actress, screenwriter, and producer, Gertrude Berg (1899-1966).

Institution: Private collection

Actress, screenwriter, and producer, Gertrude Berg (1899-1966).

Institution: Private collection

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"La Kahéna, Reine Barbare" Front Cover by Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker

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The earliest known work by Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker is the 1933 play La Kahéna, reine barbare (Kahena the Berber Queen). With the appearance of this work, its author became the first woman writer published in Algeria.

Institution: José Aboulker

The earliest known work by Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker is the 1933 play La Kahéna, reine barbare (Kahena the Berber Queen). With the appearance of this work, its author became the first woman writer published in Algeria.

Institution: José Aboulker

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Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker Portrait

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The first woman writer to be published in Algeria, Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker, shown here in an undated portrait, was born, wrote and died in her native land.

Institution: José Aboulker.

The first woman writer to be published in Algeria, Berthe Bénichou-Aboulker, shown here in an undated portrait, was born, wrote and died in her native land.

Institution: José Aboulker.

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Vicki Baum, circa 1925

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A portrait of writer, playwright, and screenwriter Vicki Baum (1888-1960) circa 1925, by YVA (Elsa Neulander).

A portrait of writer, playwright, and screenwriter Vicki Baum (1888-1960) circa 1925, by YVA (Elsa Neulander).

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