#LosAngeles: Four months after new cultural center’s splashy opening, big donors and showbiz veterans wonder why many of Hollywood’s “founding fathers” are absent from its exhibits

‘Where Are the Jews?’: Scandal Erupts at the Academy Museum
by Tatiana Siegel
January 13, 2022

…Though eyebrows were raised by the fact that the A-list revelers mingled maskless inside the 33,000-square-foot space on Wilshire Boulevard at a time when celebrities were publicly chastising those who ignored Covid precautions, a much bigger controversy was brewing. Donors and influential Academy members, many of whom already had received private tours, were outraged that Hollywood’s origin story — wherein a group of mostly Jewish émigrés fled persecution in their home countries to create what would become a multibillion-dollar, American-led industry — was conspicuously absent. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL Absence of Jewish legacy at LA’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures spurs outcry Patrons threaten to pull their support if mention isn’t made of Hollywood’s ‘founding fathers,’ immigrant Jews who laid foundations for the filmmaking industry…ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt: “As I walked through, I literally turned to the person I was there with and said to him, ‘Where are the Jews?’” 

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