King: Aviva Kempner doc seeks ‘the real story’ of Moe Berg

From Susan King at the Los Angeles Times on June 6, 2019, on SABR member Aviva Kempner:

Moe Berg was brilliant. A true Renaissance man. He knew 10 languages, including the long dead Sanskrit. He graduated from Princeton where he battled anti-Semitism and received his law degree from Columbia. He played major league baseball for 15 seasons. He also just happened to be a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.

And now, Berg is the subject of Aviva Kempner’s new documentary “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” which opens June 7 in Los Angeles. Berg is the latest “underdog” Jewish hero Kempner has celebrated. “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” in 1999 spotlighted the Detroit Tigers star, the 2009 film “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” profiled pioneering writer-star Gertrude Berg and 2015’s “Rosenwald” covered philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

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Originally published: June 6, 2019. Last Updated: June 6, 2019.