Forverts Prints 150,000 Copies Per Day

Jews Stay Off Vienna Streets as Nazis Take Control

100 Years Ago: Forverts editor Ab Cahan kvelled at the large circulation.
Forward Archives
100 Years Ago: Forverts editor Ab Cahan kvelled at the large circulation.

Published March 16, 2013, issue of March 22, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

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 and edifying clippings from the Jewish past.

100 Years Ago

1913

According to official figures, the Forverts has been selling 139,960 copies of the paper per day in New York City. We are now printing 150,000 copies per day! No Yiddish newspaper has reached that high a circulation. Even English-language newspapers don’t have circulation rates as high as ours. The Forverts has the third-largest circulation in New York, after New York Journal and The New York World. The main thing isn’t just financial and material success, it’s that the Forverts, the socialist newspaper of the Jewish proletariat, has achieved such significant influence in America’s largest city.

75 Years Ago

1938

“Among the thousands of people who strolled down the streets, enjoying the beautiful spring air, not one single Jew was to be found.” This is the most recent description of Vienna, taken from the Deutsche Telegraf newspaper. Since the recent Nazi takeover of Austria, Jews have been attacked and, in some cases, forced to scrub the streets. As a result, many of them are too frightened to go outside. Synagogues all over Austria have been attacked and ransacked. Even Christians caught buying items from Jews have been beaten by the Nazi Brownshirts. A few days ago there were 54 Jewish funerals in Vienna, which typically has half a dozen. Most of the funerals were for elderly Jews who had committed suicide during the Nazi rampage.

50 Years Ago

1963

West German government officials are demanding the extradition of two agents from Switzerland on the accusation that they were plotting to kidnap and murder Hans Kleinwaechter, a German Scientist who was allegedly working on a missile project in the United Arab Republic. The West German government said that while it disapproves of such activity, German citizens are free to travel and work where they please. The Swiss arrested the two agents: Joseph Bengal, an Israeli, and Otto Joklik, an Austrian. Israeli officials claim that a number of German scientists formerly in the employ of the Nazi missile program have been hired to work in the United Arab Republic, where they have reconstituted their previously defunct program.


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!
  • "I’ve never bought illegal drugs, but I imagine a small-time drug deal to feel a bit like buying hummus underground in Brooklyn."
  • We try to show things that get less exposed to the public here. We don’t look to document things that are nice or that people would like. We don’t try to show this place as a beautiful place.”
  • A new Gallup poll shows that only 25% of Americans under 35 support the war in #Gaza. Does this statistic worry you?
  • “You will stomp us into the dirt,” is how her mother responded to Anya Ulinich’s new tragicomic graphic novel. Paul Berger has a more open view of ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of protesters marched through lower Manhattan yesterday demanding an end to American support for Israel’s operation in #Gaza.
  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • 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.