Anti-Semitism Sweeps Poland and Vienna

Jewish Cellist Forced To Wash Sidewalk, Bund Leader Raphael Abramovitch Mourned

100 Years Ago: Polish Jews faced anti-Semitism, which only intensified later on; above, a 1941 photo of the Warsaw Ghetto wall.
Getty Images
100 Years Ago: Polish Jews faced anti-Semitism, which only intensified later on; above, a 1941 photo of the Warsaw Ghetto wall.

By Eddy Portnoy

Published April 06, 2013, issue of April 12, 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

Anti-Semitism has washed over Poland like a plague. It has poisoned minds, blinded eyes, and blackened hearts. There is only one issue there: the Jewish issue. There is nothing else going on except for the boycott against the Jews. From the bourgeoisie to the intellectuals, to writers, cultural figures, politicians and business people, arises one voice in a cynical chorus: Out with the Jews! No corner is free from talk of the boycott: the press, the schools, the theater, the arts, the sciences, the cultural and economic organizations. Everything has sunken into a thick fog of Jew hatred. And the fog has enveloped the entire country. Where is there to go?

75 Years Ago

1938

Famed Jewish Viennese cellist Jacob Feuerman was grabbed by Nazi thugs and forced to wash the sidewalk for nearly six hours. Sadly, his hands were injured during the attack and he may not be able to play again for a while. Baron Louis de Rothschild, who was been under arrest since the Anschluss took place, was informed that the bank that bears his family name, the Rothschild bank, would be taken over by the Austrian Credit Institute. Police also raided the Rothschild Hospital and examined their records. One doctor, a Max Wachstein, was arrested during the investigation. The Viennese press has also reprinted anti-Jewish material from a recent issue of “Catholic Action,” which contained the first open threat against Jews.

50 Years Ago

1963

Leading socialist and Forward writer, Raphael Abramovitch, died this week at the age of 83. As a youth, Abramovitch became involved with the Russian revolutionary movement, but later became a member of the Jewish Labor Bund, an organization in which he became a major figure. Frequently arrested by Tsarist police, Abramovitch was forced into exile in 1911 and only returned to Russia at the onset of the revolution in 1917. Back in Russia, he threw himself into political work for the Bund, but in the wake of the Bolshevik takeover in October, 1917, he was arrested by the secret police and jailed. By 1920, Abramovitch had no choice but to leave Russia for Berlin and, ultimately, New York.


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!
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • 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.