Lenny Picker

Footman: Issachar Zacharie was Lincoln’s podiatrist.

All of Abraham Lincoln’s Chosen Friends

Attorney Abraham Jonas and foot doctor Issachar Zacharie are well known friends of Abraham Lincoln. Here are three others who played an important role in his remarkable life.

The Doctors Are In: In this painting by Alonzo Chappel, Dr. Charles Liebermann, a Russian-born Jewish physician, gazes intently at the dying president.

Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Gift to the Jews

What exactly was Abraham Lincoln’s greatest legacy? The Great Emancipator moved us irrevocably away from Christian America rhetoric and toward a more inclusive vision.

A Jewish Assassin? John Wilkes Booth’s father attended synagogue.

Was John Wilkes Booth Jewish?

The rumor that Lincoln’s assassin belonged to a family of Spanish Jewish ancestry has been around for a while. Historians Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell dig deeper.

Did She Know Her Murderer? The police finds Catherine Eddowes, the Ripper’s fourth victim, in September 1888.

5 Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

One thing is pretty certain: The names of Jack the Ripper’s victims would have been long forgotten had they not been murdered by the same hand.

A Sir And Murderer? Sir William Gull, Queen Victoria’s physician, was accused of committing the crimes as part of a Masonic conspiracy.

6 Suspects in Jack the Ripper Case

From Lewis Carroll to Vincent Van Gogh, the six most outrageous Jack the Ripper suspects.

Whodunit? Two policemen discover the body of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims, probably Catherine Eddowes, in London in September 1888.

Jack the Ripper, One of Us? No, Thanks.

You might have heard about Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew suspected of being the notorious 19th-century serial killer. But there’s much more to the story of the Ripper.

Jewish Creator of Modern German Police

Creating a modern German police force at the dawn of the Weimar Republic was no easy task. It was even tougher for a Jew like Bernhard Weiss.