March 12, 2010

Looking Back

Published March 03, 2010, issue of March 12, 2010.
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100 Years Ago in the Forward

The saga of the four Jewish bakers who were attacked recently by anti-union thugs outside Messing’s Bakery on Allen Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side continues. Their hearing took place in Essex Market Court before Judge Corrigan, and the magistrate released the thugs on bail after calling for another special hearing. While court was in session, a huge commotion broke out in the street and could be heard while deliberations were taking place. This disturbance became so loud that the judge and the attorneys couldn’t hear each other, and so the judge got up to see what was happening. It turned out that famed Lower East Side thug “Charlie” and his gang weren’t letting witnesses into the building to testify on behalf of the bakers. In the end, some union members helped free the trapped witnesses.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

A report this week out of Beirut indicates that Lebanese Christian Patriarch Antoine Arida expressed an interest in having Jewish immigrants settle in Lebanon in order to help build up the country, as has been done in the Land of Israel. This is not the first time that Patriarch Arida has made this request. He was recently asked about the same issue by a group of visiting journalists, and responded: “We have no basis on which to oppose the immigration of Jews. These Jews are refugees from Germany and Poland, and a place must be found for them in which to settle.”

50 Years Ago in the Forward

Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion held an important meeting with President Eisenhower. Ben-Gurion was surrounded by journalists after having left the exceptionally long (two hours) meeting. He told them he was “encouraged” by the session. “Every person who loves peace would be encouraged after a meeting with President Eisenhower,” he said. As a gift, Ben-Gurion brought Eisenhower a photo album on which was inscribed the following: “This album, which shows how concentration camp survivors became free citizens in the State of Israel, is presented to President Dwight D. Eisenhower with thanks for his efforts to save them.”

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