November 12, 2010

Looking Back

Published November 03, 2010, issue of November 12, 2010.
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100 Years Ago in the forward

The first steps have finally been taken!” a Forverts editorial reads. “Socialism has made its entrance into the U.S. Congress. Three representatives, three trustworthy, capable representatives from our party — Comrades Berger and Gaylord from Milwaukee, and Comrade Bachman from Columbus — were elected to the House of Representatives. It’s a new chapter in the history of America. Everyone feels it. One can feel all the attention it’s receiving in the capitalist press….” The editorial continued: “Tears of happiness are pouring from the eyes of thousands, of millions of our brothers throughout the land, throughout the entire world. Brothers, comrades! Wish yourselves a hearty congratulations! Finally!”


75 Years Ago in the forward

Gangs of anti-Semitic students attacked Jewish students and Jewish-owned stores at the University of Warsaw. The anti-Jewish riots took place on the fourth anniversary of the killings of two Polish students, at the time of another anti-Jewish outbreak during which Jews fought back. The two students, Waclawski and Gratkowski, have been turned into martyrs by the nationalist Polish student organization. After a prayer was recited in their memory, the Polish student group began launching attacks on Jewish students, injuring dozens.


50 Years Ago in the forward

After four and half years, playwright Arthur Miller and actress Marilyn Monroe are splitting up. One of America’s most famous couples, the two returned to New York from California in separate planes. Miller is one of the country’s best-known playwrights, and Monroe is one of America’s most beautiful and famous actresses. This marriage was Miller’s second and Monroe’s third. In order to please the playwright, Monroe converted to Judaism and even learned to speak Yiddish.


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