Looking Back: March 23, 2012

50, 75, 100 Years Ago in the Forward

Published March 14, 2012, issue of March 23, 2012.
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100 Years Ago in the Forward

With dozens of detectives on the case, the police currently have no suspects and no clues about who threw a bomb into the home of Judge Otto Rosalsky. The judge doesn’t believe any of the theories the police have put forward. The police presented, without evidence, the theory that the bomber could be the same one who bombed the Tyler residence a few weeks ago. Or, they say, it could have been done by a Jewish mafia organization, or by a gang of horse poisoners angry over Rosalsky’s judicial decisions in regard to the numerous poisoning cases that have been tried before him recently. For his part, Rosalsky says he has his suspicions about who the bomber is, but he isn’t telling anyone. When asked if he thought it was related to the Brandt case, in which Rosalsky sentenced Mortimer Schiff’s butler, Foulke E. Brandt, to 30 years in prison for burglary in 1907, the judge did not reply. Brandt is currently out on bail and is being investigated.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

One Arab is dead and another wounded after a group of terrorists attempted to attack the Jewish settlement of Kfar Tavor. On the Jewish side, a policeman was lightly wounded in the leg. Armed terrorists had infiltrated the fields surrounding the settlement, but they were discovered. Guards from the settlement arrived in an attempt to drive them away. As a battle ensued, police were called from the nearby towns of Nazareth, Tiberias and Afula. Local gunman from a nearby Arab village came out to reinforce the Arab side after hearing the hours-long gun battle. With the exception of the one dead and one wounded, who was taken into custody, most of the Arab gunmen managed to disappear.

50 Years Ago in the Forward

Mieczeslaw Hendler, the 35-year-old editor of one of Poland’s most important daily newspapers, Ekspres Wieczorny, arrived in Stockholm, requesting status as a political refugee. Hendler added that his reason for leaving Poland had to do with anti-Semitism, which, he said, dominates the country. He added that the Polish government will place world communism before the interests of the Polish people, and he said that because anti-Semitism is on the rise in the USSR, he believes it will also worsen in Poland, which, like all Soviet satellite states, is affected by what happens there. A Communist Party member for 12 years and a captain in the Polish army, Hendler said that he has been bitterly disappointed by the party.

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