June 24, 2011

Looking Back

Published June 15, 2011, issue of June 24, 2011.
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100 Years In The Forward

Hundreds of furious women from Orchard Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side nearly started a riot when Elias Birnbaum attempted to open the vegetable store he owns with his wife. The angry women, who live on the block where the vegetable store is located, were upset with Birnbaum, who recently had his wife committed to an insane asylum. The women said that the greengrocer was a wife-beater who was only after his wife’s lucrative vegetable shop and had her committed under false pretenses. For his part, Birnbaum claimed that after his wife gave birth a few months ago, her mental health began to deteriorate, and as a result he had no choice but to have her committed.

75 Years In The Forward

British Colonial Minister William Ormsby-Gore reported in the British Parliament that the Arab population of Palestine has increased, mainly as a result of the increase of the Jewish population. Ormsby-Gore reported that since 1922, more than 250,000 Arabs have immigrated to Palestine. They have moved there to avail themselves of the economic opportunities that have been created as a result of the arrival of large numbers of Jews, who have settled mainly in the areas of Jaffa, Haifa and Jerusalem. In those areas they have created large agricultural settlements in which many Arabs work.

50 Years In The Forward

When his own attorney asked him about a conference he attended on January 20, 1942, in Wannsee, Austria, Adolf Eichmann admitted to having written a speech given by Richard Heydrich to top Nazi leaders, in which they were first informed of Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe. For his part, Eichmann argued that he was simply following technical orders and not involved in the actual destruction of Jews. When documents were admitted indicating that a number of the actions that killed Jews were his own initiatives, Eichmann claimed there were many things that he simply did not remember, these among them. For example, he said that he was not aware that Jews deported from Riga were executed.


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