Well, to make a long story short, Joseph Heller was Jewish!
Since Joseph Heller's mother was Jewish, and in Judaism one's religion is based on one's mother's religion, then that makes him also Jewish. His father was Jewish too.
Joseph Heller was born on May 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York.
he title of one of his works, Catch-22, entered the English lexicon to refer to a vicious circle wherein an absurd, no-win choice, particularly in situations in which the desired outcome of the choice is an impossibility, and regardless of choice, a same negative outcome is a certainty.
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