Looking Back December 8, 2006

Published December 08, 2006, issue of December 08, 2006.
  • Print
  • Share Share

100 Years Ago in the forward

After marrying and then dumping at least four women, serial groom Samuel Shopkin has been busted and is now sitting alone in a cell in the Tombs. Lining up to testify against him are his first wife, Dora Shvalsboim-Shopkin, and his second wife, Minnie Trommer-Shopkin. Two other women have come forward, Yetta Segal and Cecille Shutzman. Both said they had been married to Shopkin during the past year. In addition the events of the past year, Shvalsboim-Shopkin had Shopkin brought up on charges of bigamy. The judge let him off with a suspended sentence, but Shopkin apparently didn’t suspend his penchant for marriage.

75 Years Ago in the forward

A gang of Nazi hooligans who had wandered into Berlin’s heavily Jewish Grenadier Street — known for its population of poor, Polish Jewish immigrants, got a nasty surprise after they yelled “Death to the Jews” and attacked some passersby. They were quickly surrounded by a group of angry Jews who beat the Nazis badly and chased them out of the neighborhood. Berlin’s official Jewish community representatives said they feared that attacks like the one on Grenadier Street would become commonplace and that Nazi riots will only get worse.

This week marks the 400th anniversary of Nostradamus’s arrival in Paris at the behest of the French monarch who, like the rest of the country, had become obsessed with his prophetic abilities. Nostradamus, who subsequently became world famous for his prophecies, was born into a Jewish family in the south of France. His grandfather was the court doctor for King René the Good of Provence during a time when life for the Jews of the region was comfortable. Much of René the Good’s administrative staff, in fact, was made up of Jews. As subsequent monarchs’ attitudes toward the Jews changed, Nostradamus’s parents converted in order to retain their status in society.

50 Years Ago in the forward

As demonstrations continue to engulf Budapest, the Hungarian capital’s Soviet masters have clamped down, sending in tanks and police to arrest the demonstrators. Two protesters were killed on the spot, and hundreds were wounded. Hundreds of demonstrators, who were calling for a free Hungary, were arrested by Russian and Hungarian police. These shootings and arrests are the climax of a month of anti-Soviet demonstrations. This week, in particular, saw massive demonstrations of women in front of the British and American consulates. The State Department has lodged a strong protest to the Russians in connection to these events.

Find us on Facebook!
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • 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.