Looking Back


Nazi Spies Posing as Hookers Flood the Middle East

By Eddy Portnoy

While one reads daily about the armies that Hitler sends out to conquer other lands and grab foreign territory, there is one army about which the world knows very little. This is the army of women — blond-haired German women whom the Nazis have sent across the world to work as dancers and prostitutes but are really Nazi spies.Read More


A Shooting After a Shvitz in a Lower East Side Bathhouse

By Eddy Portnoy

Joseph Kaplan, a Jewish astrophysicist, was active in the United States Satellite Project creating the first American satellite to orbit earth.Read More


Leo Frank Emotionless as Judge Pronounced Death Sentence

By Eddy Portnoy

Brooklyn-born Leo Frank, superintendent of a pencil factory in Atlanta, was sentenced a week ago for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, an employee of the factory.Read More


Murder of Jewish Teenager in Damascus Sparks Panic Among Syrian Jewry

By Eddy Portnoy

A wave of panic has overtaken Syrian Jewry after the murder by an Arab fanatic of a 17-year-old Jewish boy in broad daylight in the middle of Damascus.Read More


Teenage Immigrant Busted for Pimping Women in Lower East Side Tenement

By Eddy Portnoy

After only eight months in the country, 17-year-old immigrant Arthur Goldman was sentenced to a stint in jail after being arrested as a pimp.Read More


'Kosher' Chicken Sold on 'Holy' Lower East Side Was Really Treyf

By Eddy Portnoy

A Brooklyn woman journeyed all the way to the Lower East Side to buy a kosher chicken. Imagine her shock when she discovered it was really treyf.Read More


Conductor of Israel National Opera Guilty of Nazi Collaboration

By Eddy Portnoy

In a Tel Aviv courtroom, Hirsch Barenblat, the conductor of the Israel National Opera, was found guilty on charges of collaborating with the Nazis.Read More


Jews Beaten and Attacked in Fascist Pogrom in Mexico

By Eddy Portnoy

“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.Read More


Polish Parliamentarian Says Jews Must Emigrate

By Eddy Portnoy

Speaking in the Polish Sejm, Camp of National Unity’s deputy, Surczinsky, offered a warning to Poland’s Jewish citizens to consider emigration, sooner rather than later, as a policy to solve the country’s Jewish problem.Read More


Plans for Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region a Failure

It’s been 10 years since the Siberian region of Birobidzhan was declared the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region, and it now appears that Moscow is going to disband the project. Initially, plans were to settle at least 100,000 Jews in Birobidzhan, but after a 10-year period, no more than 20,000 remain.Read More





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