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Kracauer, Siegfried (08 February 1889–26 November 1966), social scientist and author, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the son of Adolph Kracauer, a businessman, and Rosette Oppenheimer. After the early death of his father, he was brought up by his uncle Isidor Kracauer, a prominent historian of the Frankfurt Jewish community. Siegfried studied architecture, philosophy, and sociology at various polytechnic schools and universities in Munich and Berlin from 1908 to 1914. In 1915 he earned his doctorate in engineering from Berlin Polytechnic Institute....

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Mayer, Arthur Loeb (28 May 1886–14 April 1981), motion picture exhibitor, art film importer, and cinema historian, was born in Demopolis, Alabama, the son of Simon M. Mayer, a small-businessman, and Rachel Bernheim. Although born into an affluent German Jewish family in the South, Mayer spent most of his youth in New York City where his mother moved after his father’s death. Mayer attended private secondary schools and graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1907. An uncle introduced him to aspiring movie mogul Sam Goldfish, who hired Mayer as an assistant and trained him in motion picture publicity and ballyhoo. By the time Goldfish took the name ...