Aviva Kempner '76 was interviewed by The Jewish Journal about the rerelease on dvd of her documentary, "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg."
"I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero," Kempner says. "What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson."
Thirteen years after the debut of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," her documentary about the baseball great, Kempner is rereleasing the film on DVD -- including an additional two hours of interviews that didn't make the original cut.
Greenberg, known to Jewish fans as the Detroit Tigers' power hitter who sat out an important game during the 1934 pennant race because it fell on Yom Kippur, scored achievements rivaling those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Greenberg served in World War II and, after his retirement from playing, went on to be an owner-manager of the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. He faced anti-Semitism throughout his playing career.