Detectives Bust Teenage Opium Den

Jaffa Arabs Protest Port and Moscow Jews See Yiddish Theater

100 Years Ago: In 1913 New York saw suffragette marches and an opium den bust.
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100 Years Ago: In 1913 New York saw suffragette marches and an opium den bust.

By Eddy Portnoy

Published February 09, 2013, issue of February 15, 2013.
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Forward Looking Back brings you the stories that were making news in the Forward’s Yiddish paper 100, 75, and 50 years ago. Check back each week for a new set of illuminating, edifying and sometimes wacky clippings from the Jewish past.

100 Years Ago

1913

Detectives from the 5th Street Station were given a tip about an opium den on Second Avenue and 5th Street. Two undercover officers hid in the building’s hallway and, when a boy of about 17 or 18 knocked on a door, they ran to it and held it open. They found four teens lying unconscious on beds, while three others awaited their turn on the pipe. The detectives arrested seven people, among them Samuel Cohen, Harry Schiff, Max Troff and Louis Singer, all of whom live in the immediate neighborhood. The other arrestees had come from uptown. The housekeeper of the flat told police that the tenant was nowhere to be found.

75 Years Ago

1938

Jaffa’s Arabs are protesting the decision of the Palestinian government to permit a new port in Tel Aviv that will serve as the entry point into the country for Jewish immigrants. They claim that the decision will make life difficult for Arab ship porters, who normally carry the goods off ships that dock in Jaffa. Local Arabs are also furious that Mandate High Commissioner Sir Arthur Grenfell Wauchope has agreed to participate in the ceremony on February 23, when the first Jewish ship, the Har-tsion, will dock in Tel Aviv. In addition, the first motorboats built entirely by Jews will begin serving the new port.

50 Years Ago

1963

Jews in Moscow, for the first time in 15 years, had the opportunity to see professional Yiddish theater performed. Since the 1950s, the only Yiddish theater that was permitted to appear in the USSR came in the form of small, amateur productions. The troupe that is performing was organized by the 70 year-old Yiddish actor Binyomen Shvartzer, who has long been active on the professional Yiddish stage. Performing a version of Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye the Dairyman,” the troupe was brought to the capital after traveling for two months in the Ukraine and in Central Asia. They do not have their own theater as of yet, but it is hoped that these performances will lead to such a development.


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