Looking Back: February 24, 2012

50, 75, 100 Years Ago in the Forward

Published February 15, 2012, issue of February 24, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

100 Years Ago in the Forward

A bloody war between rival gangs exploded on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Numerous shots were fired, bringing many residents onto the streets, where chaos reigned. Although many calls were placed to the police, the gangs had scattered by the time they arrived. Two gang members, 21-year-old Nathan Levi and 22-year-old George Lewis, both of whom live on Forsyth Street, were shot. The two men were taken to the hospital in critical condition, and neither was providing information about the shooters.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

According to a report by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 5 million of Central and Eastern Europe’s 6 million Jews are dying of hunger and need immediate aid. The Jews of Poland are in the worst condition: About one-third of the 3.5 million are suffering privation and poverty. Conditions for Germany’s half-million Jews and Romania’s million Jews, as well as those living in smaller countries, like Latvia and Austria, are also bad. Bernhard Kahn, head of the JDC in Europe, said that the Jewish communities of this region are on their way to dissolution if they do not receive immediate financial aid.

50 Years Ago in the Forward

American Zionists are in a quandary following President Eisenhower’s demand for Israel to pull back from the territories it has occupied during recent conflagrations with the Arabs. Exacerbating matters, a group of anti-Zionist Jews met recently with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. Though most American Jews are not Zionists, it is odd that the government would ignore the voice of American Zionists. Dulles would never have invited prominent Catholic Americans in order to demand that they put political pressure on such countries as Italy or Spain. If the American government disagrees with Israel on an issue, it should not put American Jews in the middle.


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!
  • "Orwell described the cliches of politics as 'packets of aspirin ready at the elbow.' Israel's 'right to defense' is a harder narcotic."
  • From Gene Simmons to Pink — Meet the Jews who rock:
  • The images, which have since been deleted, were captioned: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world."
  • As J Street backs Israel's operation in Gaza, does it risk losing grassroots support?
  • What Thomas Aquinas might say about #Hamas' tunnels:
  • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
  • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
  • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
  • After years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white "Sam the Record Man" sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch. The sign came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses.
  • Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery?
  • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: 10,000 Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations in New York yesterday.
  • Step into the Iron Dome with Tuvia Tenenbom.
  • What do you think of Wonder Woman's new look?
  • 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.