November 7, 2008

Looking Back

Published October 29, 2008, issue of November 07, 2008.

100 Years Ago in the foward

In the wake of the horrific murder-suicide of wealthy Jewish banker Julius Nelson White and his mother, questions have arisen as to who will take possession of White’s half-million dollar estate. Will it be his Christian widow or his family? The exact reason that White stabbed his mother to death is unknown, but it is believed that White’s mother had expressed extreme displeasure in her son’s choice of a wife, a previously divorced Christian-Canadian actress by the name of Clara Monroe. Miss Monroe-White is expected to demand the entire inheritance, which her newlywed husband allegedly had willed to her. The White family, however, is expected to contest the will, hoping to get the money for themselves.


75 Years Ago in the foward

The boycott against the purchase of German goods is not always easy. Here at the Forward, we have heard of instances in which Jewish jobbers or storekeepers refuse to support the boycott. They have all kinds of lame excuses, and it is simply a disgrace. On New York City’s Essex Street, there was even a case in which a German jobber got into a fight with a Jewish salesman because the latter wanted to sell the former German goods. We find that in the heart of the Jewish community on the Lower East Side, there are importers and wholesalers who go to synagogue and to the bes-medresh but still buy and sell German goods. Then they act like they don’t know about the terrible battle Jews are waging against Hitler and his henchmen. Even the smallest gesture in support of the boycott is valuable: We received a letter from a tailor who informed us that he has stopped using German-made needles, which were considered the best around.


50 Years Ago in the foward

Attempting to drain swamps in the Hula Valley in Northern Israel, Israeli farmers came under heavy fire from Syrian soldiers. Israeli Border Police responded immediately, shooting at the Syrian positions. The farmers, who were driving a tractor, escaped unharmed under the cover of heavy smoke bombs set down by the Israeli Border Police. This was the first time in a month that Israeli workers came under attack from the Syrians. The general area is considered “hot,” with fairly frequent volleys of bullets from both sides. The Syrians, now part of a federation with Egypt, complain that by draining the swamps, the Israelis are reducing the flow of water to the Jordan River.



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