‘Rosenwald’ looks at good deeds of philanthropist (Our grade: B)

Julius Rosenwald, center. Courtesy of Fisk University, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library

Julius Rosenwald, center. Courtesy of Fisk University, John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library

Leah Garchik – San Francisco Chronicle

The $70 million that longtime Sears Roebuck chief Julius Rosenwald donated in the early 20th century for the building of schools in African-American neighborhoods made him a hero in that community.

To the rest of the citizenry, and particularly among American Jews, Rosenwald’s deeds and generosity have an additional heroic element, as demonstrated in the documentary “Rosenwald”: They were evidence of a special understanding between the two communities, and illustrated the particular sensitivity of Jewish-Americans to the plight of African-Americans.

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