May 28, 2010

Looking Back

Published May 19, 2010, issue of May 28, 2010.
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100 Years Ago in The Forward

Dora Neigerman caught a burglar in her third-floor Delancey Street apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the middle of the night. Unable to scare him off, Neigerman began to fight with him, smashing him over the head numerous times with a brass spittoon. Though stunned, the burglar continued to fight, but Neigerman eventually succeeded in throwing him out a window. The burglar, Louis Glatsh, who lived at 138 Eldridge Street, fell to his death on the sidewalk. Instead of arresting Neigerman, the police complimented her on her heroism in battling the criminal. As for Mr. Neigerman, he remained asleep during the entire battle, waking only when Glatsh had already been thrown out the window. “Why aren’t you sleeping?” he asked his wife.


75 Years Ago in The Forward

An unusual story has come out about the late Adolph Ochs, former publisher of The New York Times. Apparently, the well-heeled publisher was once a pretzel peddler in the New York subways — not when he was a poor young man, but when he was a power broker at the Times. One morning, when he went into the subway at 79th and Broadway to go to work, a Jewish woman with a basket of pretzels asked him how to get to Canal Street. Just then, the train came. Ochs got on it and tried to pull her inside with him by grabbing her basket. But she refused and stayed on the platform. The door closed, and Ochs ended up with the basket of pretzels, which he took with him to Canal Street to wait for the woman. While he was waiting, he started to sell the pretzels. Ochs managed to sell more than a dozen before she showed up.


50 Years Ago in The Forward

According to an Israeli press report, Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi murderer currently under arrest in Israel, was not at all surprised when he was captured by Israeli security agents in Argentina. Moreover, he allegedly informed his captors, to whom he spoke German, that he knew they were Jews and that he knew he would eventually be captured. He added that he was somewhat embarrassed at how well he was treated by the Jews who captured him. The trial that is being prepared for him is expected to have the character of an international tribunal on which Israel’s top judges will serve.


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