November 13, 1989

Looking Back

Published November 04, 2009, issue of November 13, 2009.
  • Print
  • Share Share

100 Years Ago In the Forward

When a taxi cab pulled up outside Max Shneier’s Suffolk Street Saloon, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, at midnight, a few men got out and walked into the saloon with revolvers in hand and started shooting. The customers dove onto the floor and into corners, trying to avoid the bullets that were whizzing by; the bullets ended up in the walls and in beer and whiskey barrels. When the gunmen had emptied their revolvers, they simply walked out, got back into the taxi and left. A short while thereafter, the police found the bodies of Ludlow Street peddler Samuel Klein and East Broadway resident Michael Kuliski; both men had bullets in their heads. The bodies of the apparently innocent bystanders were discovered outside the saloon. It is thought that the shooting was perpetrated by the Kid Twist gang.

75 Years Ago In the Forward

Two men lay dead as a result of the ongoing war in the kosher chicken industry, which is well known to be riddled with corruption. The two men, Abraham Cohen and Max Livingstone, both chicken-flickers from Brooklyn, were lured to an apartment on Stanton Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and murdered. In a related incident, Irving Bernstein, a Bronx poultry dealer, was shot and badly wounded. He is not expected to survive. The police say that these murders are related to the 1914 murder of poultry dealer Barnet Baff and are only a prelude to a larger and bloodier war in the kosher chicken trade, something that has waxed and waned over the past 20 years. Joseph Cohen, a poultry dealer who was convicted of Baff’s murder and released on bail, was shot to death in his home two years ago. The pair murdered on Stanton Street yesterday were widely believed to have murdered Cohen.

50 Years Ago In the Forward

Eighty million Arabs, from Casablanca to the Persian Gulf, will declare war on Israel if the current United Nations Assembly does not do something to solve the problem of the Palestinian refugees. So said Ahmad Shukeiri, the Saudi Arabian delegate to the U.N., in a bitter, two-hour-long speech in which he described the terrible conditions the refugees endure. He laid the entire blame on the State of Israel. Shukeiri, formerly Syria’s U.N. delegate, also demanded that Israel be removed from the U.N. entirely, due to the U.N.’s refusal to deal with the refugee issue.

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Find us on Facebook!
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.