Notable Jewish Moment: Nazis suspect Donowitz to be a golem, or a rabbi-molded demon from Jewish folklore who can only be summoned by a rabbi.
Classic Quote: [Immediately after bashing a Nazi's head in.] "Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it out of the park! Fenway Park on its feet for Teddy fuckin' Ballgame! He went yardo on that one, out to fuckin' Lansdowne Street!"
Of all of the Nazi-scalping soldiers in the Jewish-American army regiment of Quentin Tarantino's vengeful "Basterds," Sgt. Donny Rothstein (played by actually-Jewish horror director Eli Roth) is by far the most merciless, introduced when dealing with captured Nazis who aren't divulging information to the troops.
The reputation of the "Bear Jew" precedes him. For example, when asked if he's heard of the Bear Jew, a Nazi answers, "He beats German soldiers with a club." And then, spoiler alert, after the sound of his bat clacking a wall, the Bear Jew emerges, and beats a German soldier's head in.
Donowitz is the brute of the group, a vengeful, pissed-off Jewish soldier who relishes the opportunity to enact revenge on his enemies, and he has a blast while doing it. Brutal, yes? But it's hard not to enjoy watching the Bear Jew have fun, however disturbing it might be.
Honorable Mention: MĂ©lanie Laurent as the film's heroine, Shosanna Dreyfus.