Looking Back: February 17, 2012

50, 75, 100 Years Ago in the Forward

Published February 09, 2012, issue of February 17, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

100 Years Ago in the Forward

When Barnett Nemeth went to open his safe in his jewelry store on Manhattan’s Broome Street, he was surprised when two men rushed him, held a revolver to his head and said: “Hands up! We want a look in that safe.” While one of the bandits rifled through the safe, the other held his gun on Nemeth. But Nemeth wouldn’t stand for it. He grabbed the thief’s arm and tried to aim it so that the bullets wouldn’t hit him. In fact, bullets started flying everywhere, but no one was shot. The thieves decided that they had better hightail it out of the jewelry store, but when they got to the street, it was packed with gawkers, all wondering about the gunshots. As the two men tried to escape, one of them was caught by police officer Rosenfeld, who beat the bandit and brought him into the stationhouse. The criminal turned out to be Max Silver, whose wanted poster was already up in the station.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

Yoysef Liberberg, former president of Birobidzhan, the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region, has been arrested by Soviet police on charges of being a “Trotskyist,” making contact with foreign enemies of the USSR and preventing progress in Birobidzhan. Liberberg, who is also a professor, had been in charge of the Jewish Scientific Academy in Kiev. He was arrested with a large number of other Communist Party functionaries whose total commitment to Josef Stalin was apparently in doubt. It is expected that all will be tried in one of the many courts that has cropped up to accommodate the large number of Soviet state trials that are currently taking place.

50 Years Ago in the Forward

“We are witnessing the self-liquidation of the 1,000-year-old Jewish community in Poland,” read the headline in Po Prostu, one of Poland’s larger newspapers. Po Prostu continued, saying that a mass exodus of Poland’s Jews is in full swing. All kinds of Jews are leaving: communists, noncommunists, simple laborers, doctors, office workers and professors; 25,000 Polish Jews have requested passport applications and are expected to leave the country permanently. It is not known exactly how many Jews of the original 3.5 million pre-World War II population will remain in the country, but the numbers range from 35,000 to 75,000.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
  • When is a legume not necessarily a legume? Philologos has the answer.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.