Yisrael Kristal, Once The World's Oldest Man, Had His Bar Mitzvah At Age 113
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In March 2016, a Polish-born Israeli man named Yisrael Kristal was declared by Guinness World Records as the oldest living man on Earth. Later that same year, Kristal finally got around to something that was put off for a whole century: his bar mitzvah. In November 2016, the 113-year-old man celebrated the Jewish coming-of-age ritual exactly 100 years late. Better (very, very) late than never, huh?
The Tuskegee Airmen: African American War Heroes
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During a time in America when Jim Crow laws were still in place in much of the country, the Tuskegee Airmen defeated all odds. Nearly 1,000 African American aviators successfully completed their training and entered the Army Air Corps before the end of segregation.It may not surprise you that African Americans faced racial discrimination in the military during the 1940s. Blacks were widely considered unfit to serve based on key military leaders' presumptions that African American men lacked the intelligence, courage and patriotism to serve their country. While the U.S. Constitution guaranteed "equal protection of the laws for all persons," segregation was in full swing and The Supreme Court still allowed the "separate, but equal" treatment of Jim Crow laws. Harry S. Truman didn't desegregate the military until 1948, and Rosa Parks wouldn't refuse to give up her seat to a white passenger for another seven years after that. In this social climate, it's amazing that these airmen were able to do what they did.
Martin Greenfield Survived The Holocaust, And Now Dresses The U.S. President
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Martin Greenfield is considered one of of the best—if not the best—men's suits tailors in the United States. And what's even more impressive? He began learning his craft as a way to save his life. Greenfield is Jewish, and he was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. When asked if he had any special skills, he said that he could learn to sew if taught a few stitches. Greenfield learned his sewing skills in the camp, and as a 14-year-old boy, quickly became an asset to those in charge. In 1945 when Greenfield was 17 years old, Auschwitz was liberated. At the time, the Eisenhower was President of the U.S. Soon after the liberation, President Eisenhower became the first of many presidents Greenfield dressed.
These Hidden Treasures Are Yet To Be Found
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Buried treasure is usually stuff of fiction, appearing only in pirate stories and adventure legends. But many treasures are anything but fictional. Take the treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains by former archaeologist and art dealer Forrest Fenn. Fenn hid the chest in the midst of the Great Recession to get people out into nature, and he published a mysterious poem full of clues as to its whereabouts to entice would-be treasure hunters. Likewise, it's confirmed that the Nazis sunk containers into Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps in the last few months of World War II—many of these have already been recovered, though they contained more munitions and documents than gold and riches. While some believe there aren't any more containers to be found, that probably won't stop explorers from venturing into its watery depths in hopes of finding something of value.
Adolfo Kaminsky Save Thousands From Nazi Deportation As A Teenager
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What were you doing at 18? Maybe you had a cool part-time job at a record store, were preparing to go off to college, or did community service around town with your church. As impressive as it was, it probably doesn't even come close to what Adolfo Kaminsky was putting his effort toward. While just a teen during World War II, Kaminsky saved thousands of lives from the Nazis by forging passports.