Actor Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) was a supporter of the Bergson Group’s campaign for Holocaust rescue.
Robinson, whose original name was Emanuel Goldenberg, was born in Romania. Fleeing antisemitic violence, his family settled in New York City in 1903. As a film star, he is best known for his role as a mobster in the 1931 film Little Caesar and, later, as Dathan in The Ten Commandments. In the 1930s, he actively promoted the boycott of German-made products. In 1943, at the request of Ben Hecht, Robinson volunteered to co-star in the Bergson Group’s “We Will Never Die” pageant, which alerted the American public about the Holocaust.