Jews Beaten and Attacked in Fascist Pogrom in Mexico

Nazi Doctor on Trial For Medical Experiments on Jews

Broadway: Palestine-born actor Ben Astar plays the Soviet Union’s U.N. representative opposite Katharine Cornell in ‘The Prescott Proposal’ — a Broadway comedy about a U.N. scandal.
Vandamm/Forward Association
Broadway: Palestine-born actor Ben Astar plays the Soviet Union’s U.N. representative opposite Katharine Cornell in ‘The Prescott Proposal’ — a Broadway comedy about a U.N. scandal.

By Eddy Portnoy

Published January 27, 2014, issue of January 31, 2014.
  • Print
  • Share Share

1913 •100 years ago

Late-Night Theater on Essex Street

Mr. and Mrs. Greenberg of 111 Essex Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side split up four years ago. She stayed put, and her ex-husband left to make his way in Philadelphia. They allegedly remained on friendly terms, and Greenberg would occasionally visit his ex. Unfortunately, he paid one of those visits late one night and caught the former Mrs. Greenberg in bed with her boarder, one Isadore Glassman. Greenberg was furious and began lashing out at them. But with two against one, it wasn’t going to be a fair fight, and Glassman and the former Mrs. Greenberg began to really give it to her ex-husband. All this fighting created a huge amount of noise and woke up all the surrounding tenement houses. Someone called the police, who came and arrested both Glassman and the former Mrs. Greenberg.

1938 •75 years ago

Fascist Pogrom in Mexico City

Yankev Glantz, a well-known Yiddish writer who was brutally attacked by hooligans and suffered head wounds, offered details of a large-scale pogrom that occurred in Mexico City. Recounting the events to a reporter from the Mexico City Yiddish daily Der Veg, Glantz described the panic and dismay that engulfed the Jewish community as it came under attack. Hundreds of Mexican fascists had gathered to protest the government’s acceptance of anti-fascist refugees from the civil war in Spain, but the event quickly devolved into an anti-Jewish protest. Many said that the pogrom was planned beforehand and that participants expected to attack the Jewish neighborhood. Numerous Jews were beaten badly, and many Jewish-owned shops were wrecked.

1963 •50 years ago

Nazi Doctor on Trial

“I did it because they ordered me to,” Nazi doctor Josef Klehr said after admitting to injecting carbolic acid directly into the hearts of between 250 and 300 Auschwitz prisoners. One of the 22 Auschwitz murderers currently on trial in Frankfurt, 59-year-old Klehr said he begged his superior not to make him administer the injections but was threatened with death in response. “I had no choice,” he claimed. “How many prisoners did you kill with these injections?” Judge Hofmaier asked. “We killed prisoners twice a week with injections,” Klehr responded, “about 15 at a time. This ‘work’ went on for two or three months.” “So about 200 prisoners?” Hofmaier asked. “No,” the witness said, “250 to 300. I did it according to orders.” Klehr sat calmly during his entire testimony.


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!
  • Maybe he was trying to give her a "schtickle of fluoride"...
  • It's all fun, fun, fun, until her dad takes the T-Bird away for Shabbos.
  • "Like many Jewish people around the world, I observed Shabbat this weekend. I didn’t light candles or recite Hebrew prayers; I didn’t eat challah or matzoh ball soup or brisket. I spent my Shabbat marching for justice for Eric Garner of Staten Island, Michael Brown of Ferguson, and all victims of police brutality."
  • Happy #NationalDogDay! To celebrate, here's a little something from our archives:
  • A Jewish couple was attacked on Monday night in New York City's Upper East Side. According to police, the attackers flew Palestinian flags.
  • "If the only thing viewers knew about the Jews was what they saw on The Simpsons they — and we — would be well served." What's your favorite Simpsons' moment?
  • "One uncle of mine said, 'I came to America after World War II and I hitchhiked.' And Robin said, 'I waited until there was a 747 and a kosher meal.'" Watch Billy Crystal's moving tribute to Robin Williams at last night's #Emmys:
  • "Americans are much more focused on the long term and on the end goal which is ending the violence, and peace. It’s a matter of zooming out rather than debating the day to day.”
  • "I feel great sorrow about the fact that you decided to return the honor and recognition that you so greatly deserve." Rivka Ben-Pazi, who got Dutchman Henk Zanoli recognized as a "Righteous Gentile," has written him an open letter.
  • Is there a right way to criticize Israel?
  • From The Daily Show to Lizzy Caplan, here's your Who's Jew guide to the 2014 #Emmys. Who are you rooting for?
  • “People at archives like Yad Vashem used to consider genealogists old ladies in tennis shoes. But they have been impressed with our work on indexing documents. Now they are lining up to work with us." This year's Jewish Genealogical Societies conference took place in Utah. We got a behind-the-scenes look:
  • What would Maimonides say about Warby Parker's buy-one, give-one charity model?
  • For 22 years, Seeds of Peace has fostered dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian teens in an idyllic camp. But with Israel at war in Gaza, this summer was different. http://jd.fo/p57AB
  • J.J. Goldberg doesn't usually respond to his critics. But this time, he just had to make an exception.
  • 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.