Ab Cahan


My Beloved America, I Don't Recognize You!

By Ab Cahan

My Beloved America, I Don't Recognize You!
Our country has taken up arms. Bloody questions marks hover above us. What are we fighting for? Why aren’t we heeding our holy credo to stop the bloodshed?Read More


A Terrible Blood Bath

By Ab Cahan

A Terrible Blood Bath
Forward editor Ab Cahan wrote: The great powers began a terrible blood bath. The war will be the most terrible, the worst in human history.Read More


This Is Not a War, But a Series of Pogroms

By Ab Cahan

This Is Not a War, But a Series of Pogroms
I’ve just returned to Berlin from a journey to Lodz and several other cities in Poland that are currently in German hands.Read More


Zionism’s Victory and the Socialist Enlightenment of the Masses

By Ab Cahan

Zionism’s Victory and the Socialist Enlightenment of the Masses
If such news — that the land of Israel is going to be given to the Jews, had come 50 years ago, it would have made a totally different impression on the Jewish masses than it is making today.Read More


Telling Story of Leo Frank From His Jail Cell

By Ab Cahan

Telling Story of Leo Frank From His Jail Cell
The Leo Frank case stoked a fiery public debate about race, class and anti-Semitism. The Forward’s editor, Ab Cahan, traveled to Atlanta to carry out a jailhouse interview.Read More






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