Don't Call Me Sir!
"Don't Call Me Sir!" tells the story of Jackson Pollock's niece, Brooklyn-born Rena "Rusty" Glickman, the only Jewish man or woman, to receive Japan's highest civilian honor, The Emperor's Order of The Rising Sun.
When twelve-year-old Rusty learned about the Holocaust, she decided THAT was not going to happen to her, that she would be better and stronger than THEM — that THEY were not going to win this time. The question was how?
Then she found judo — a sport she excelled at but from which women were excluded. So in 1959 and then a single mother, Rusty decided to compete in the New York State Judo Championships while disguised as a man.
She beat the reigning State champion and was on the podium receiving her gold medal — when THEY asked if she was a girl. When she acknowledged that she was, the organizers took back her medal. Rusty vowed THAT was not going to be the end of HER story…
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