March 04, 2011

Looking Back

Published February 23, 2011, issue of March 04, 2011.
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100 Years Ago in the Forward

Baron Richard von Arkovy, thought to be a well-heeled Hungarian aristocrat, was arrested at the posh Plaza Hotel on charges that he stole platinum vessels from the Cuban vice consul in New York, Julio S. Jarron. Although the baron reacted badly to his arrest at the hotel, causing somewhat of a melee, he was better behaved in court. Jarron took the stand to testify against the baron, but he apparently got cold feet and told the judge he decided not to press charges. Though furious, the judge had no choice but to let the baron go. In the wake of these events, it was discovered that the “baron” was not a baron at all; he was the son of a Jewish dentist from Budapest by the name of Orenstein.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

An unarmed, retired New York City policeman by the name of Philip Wobing was shot and grievously wounded during a holdup in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He is currently in the hospital, in critical condition. Not long after the shooting, Brooklyn police managed to arrest one of the gunmen, 19-year-old Harry Wolinski. He admitted that he is a member of the Jewish gang who shot Wobing. The shooting took place in Fishman’s Junk Shop, where Wobing, who trades in antiques, was looking for items. Wolinski and his partners came in looking to rob the cashier, who had gone out to lunch. Without the cashier to rob, they decided to rob everyone else in the store. There was a scuffle, and Wobing was shot.

50 Years Ago in the Forward

The New York Court of Appeals, in Albany, ordered the state’s Anti-Discrimination Commission to renew its investigation into the Arabian American Oil Company, known as Aramco, in connection to its refusal to hire American Jewish citizens for jobs in the Middle East. Representatives of Aramco apparently admitted that they refuse to hire “unwanted persons” as a result of their deal with the Saudi Arabian government. The term “unwanted persons” refers to Jews. Five years ago, the American Jewish Congress sued Aramco because of the same issue. In that case, Aramco was found guilty.

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