Jews of the Wild West

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Jews of the Wild West

The first American Western, The Great Train Robbery (1903), was one of the most influential films in cinema history, and its star was recognized as the first film celebrity cowboy. While he went by Broncho Billy Anderson, his real name was Max Aronson. The son of Jewish immigrants, he was among the estimated 100,000 Jews who migrated west by 1912. Many found the opportunity they were seeking, and some—including Levi Strauss, Samsonite founder Jesse Shwayder, and the Guggenheim family—played decisive roles in the shaping and the expansion of the United States. Don’t miss this vibrant, inspiring tribute, which reveals plenty of other surprises, including this one: By the end of the 19th century, many of the mayors of notorious Wild West towns were Jewish.

“Jews of the Wild West shines a bright light on a critical chapter of the American Jewish story that deserves to be told"
Bob Bahr, Atlanta Jewish Times

This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2022 series.

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