Eddy Portnoy

The Ink-Stained Men Behind the Superhero Masks

Superman, Captain America and The Green Lama are all comic book heroes. Drew Friedman’s new book is all about the ink-fingered nebbishes that created the characters.

Soda King: In 1952, Morris Kirsch of Kirsch Beverages invented the No-Cal beverages based on fruit-flavored sodas his father, Hyman, learned to make in Crimea where he was born. No-Cal was put out of business in the 1960s when the Coca-Cola Company and Pepsico introduced their own zero-calorie colas.

Rumors Arise of Jewish Emancipation by Russian Czar

Hitler has declared war against the Jewish people. In his proclamation announcing the war to the German people, he declared that “Jewish Democracy” is what forced the war on Germany.

Escape: A podiatrist during the day and famed escapologist at night, Dr. Aaron Weiss emulated his Jewish hero Harry Houdini’s act in front of stage, radio and television audiences.

Riots Break Out After Bank Loses Money

A wild riot took place last week on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in front of Yarmulovsky’s Bank on East Broadway and Essex Street, after depositors discovered that the bank had no money for them.

Cutie Cantor: Believed to be the youngest cantor in the world, 12 year old Kalmele Weitz arrived in New York City in July, 1928 from Posen, Germany. He had already been singing half his life.

The Forverts Calls For Demonstration by New York City Socialists

A Nazi war criminal, Hans-Walter Zech-Nenntwich, has turned himself in to West German police after escaping from a German prison. At the prison, he had been serving a four-year sentence for his participation in the destruction of the Jews of Pinsk.

Splash: Camp Kinder Ring on Sylvan Lake, New York was a beloved summer destination for Jews. Famous sculptor Chaim Gross (far right on dock) taught arts and crafts at the camp.

Lower East Side Anarchist Declares Hunger Strike in Prison

Rebecca Edelson, a well-known anarchist on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, has declared a hunger strike in prison, where she is serving a three-month stint after being arrested for refusing to stop giving a speech on a street corner.

The Wait: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, along with Mort Sobell (left), all accused of espionage, are transported back to prison as the jury deliberated on what was to be a final and fateful verdict for the Rosenbergs, who were eventually executed in New York.

Palestine Jews on Lockdown Following Violence

As a result of renewed disturbances, the British military powers in Palestine have halted transit for Jews in and out of Jerusalem and are investigating potential terrorist activity in the neighborhoods of Rechavia and Romema, and on Jaffa Road.

Goal: Jewish star soccer player Erno Schwarcz was a member of Austria’s Hakoah Athletic club and went on to coach the United States men’s national soccer team ahead of the 1958 World Cup. Here he is pictured in 1926.

Jewish Civil Rights Activists Killed in Mississippi

The Mississippi Highway Patrol announced that the charred shell of the station wagon driven by the three young civil rights fighters has no traces of bullet holes or blood. The station wagon was driven by two Jewish students from New York, Mickey Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, along with James Chaney, an African American from Mississippi.

Kaddish: Mourners at the graves of victims of the Kielce Pogrom in July 1946 carry a wreath from the American Joint Distribution Committee. Forty-two Jewish Holocaust survivors were murdered by a Polish mob after returning to their hometown. The pogrom crystalized the need for emigration and over 100,000 Jews left Poland.

Brooklyn Nags Breathe a Sigh of Relief at 'King of the Horse Poisoners' Capture

Hyman Edelstein, the dubbed “King of the Horse Poisoners,” was arraigned in a Brooklyn courtroom for extortion and threats to poison local nags.

Splash: Coney Island was a popular destination for Jewish families escaping the New York heat. Those who could not afford the Catskills enjoyed the summer bungalows of Manhattan Beach.

Crown Heights Jews Defending Themselves Against Hooligans

A Jewish defense organization in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, has announced that it will continue to protect local Jews from the hooligans that are attacking them and, as long as the New York City Police will not protect the residents, the organization will step in and do so with frequent patrols.

Triple Simcha: Triplets Elliot, Michael and Arthur Greenfeld were born New Year’s Eve 1934 to Dr. Solomon Samuel and Eva Aronson Greenfeld and jointly celebrated their bar mitzvah in 1947, an event memorialized in the Forverts.

Family Escaping Russian Pogrom Incarcerated on Ellis Island

More than 100,000 Palestinian Jewish youths from the ages of 18 to 35 have signed a national registry for the defense of the Jewish homeland. A protest against the recently published “white paper,” the registration was held at the same time as a massive march and mass meeting in every Jewish city in Palestine.