Above: Rachel Weisz (left) plays Deborah Lipstadt in “Denial.” (Photo by Liam Daniel)
It took a global health crisis and a portrayal by an Oscar-winning actress, but the Forward finally has found room on its annual Forward 50 for a pair of Atlanta residents.
It’s rare for the New York-based national Jewish newspaper to notice anyone south of Washington and north of Miami on its annual list of “Jews who have impacted American life,” so we’ll overlook that both happen to be transplants from New York who work along a short stretch of Clifton Road:
- Emory University history professor Deborah Lipstadt, who has been a multimedia star this fall while promoting “Denial,” Hollywood’s version of her court fight against Holocaust denier David Irving, complete with English actress Rachel Weisz doing her best to match Lipstadt’s Queens accent.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden, who bounced back from criticism of his handling of the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak with a forceful response to Zika, including arguing for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion in emergency funding to fight the mosquito-borne virus.
As a Dixie bonus, Harry Swimmer, who at 86 runs a therapeutic horseback riding center outside Charlotte, also made the 50.