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Army of Jewish Women Nab Tenement Thief Caught in Lower East Side Toilet

By Eddy Portnoy

After a string of tenement thefts, a lower East Side woman caught a would-be burglar in a hallway bathroom — and an army of neighbors cornered him on the street.Read More


Woman Held Captive in Saloon Rescued by Jewish Man

The trial of 22 Nazis who are accused of participating in the murder of 2 million people in the Auschwitz concentration camp network has commenced in Frankfurt, West Germany.Read More


Two Vegetable Vendors in Brooklyn Form Romance

By Eddy Portnoy

The Grynszpan family was brutally beaten by the Gestapo as they were forced to the border of Poland, where they currently live as refugees, in limbo, with thousands of other Polish Jews who had lived in Germany.Read More


United Hebrew Charities Catches Man Who Abandoned Family

By Eddy Portnoy

Having enacted a ruling that forbids Jews from living in certain areas, the Nazis prepared to return 600,000 Jews to ghettos.Read More


Israeli Government Declares a Mourning Period After Kennedy Assassination

By Eddy Portnoy

Hundreds of Israelis lined up at the American Embassy to express their condolences to the American government after Kennedy’s assassination.Read More


Jews Join Nation in Mourning Assasination of President John F. Kennedy

By Eddy Portnoy

The Synagogue Council of America called for prayers to memorialize President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Fifty years earlier, blood libel rumors spread in the Old Country.Read More


Mendel Beilis Cleared in Ukraine Anti-Semitic Blood Libel Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

Factory worker Mendel Beilis was cleared after a Ukraine trial blood libel murder trial a century ago. In 1938, pogroms spread across Germany and Austria.Read More


Brooklyn Macaroni Maker Shoots Jewish Tailor in Hypnotism Spat

By Eddy Portnoy

A Jewish tailor was shot and wounded by a macaroni maker. In 1938, mass hysteria breaks out over H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds.’Read More


Sensation Rocks the Leo Frank Murder Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

A would-be witness in the Leo Frank murder trial claimed he was wrongly accused. As the Nazi takeover gathered pace, American Christians pleaded for action.Read More


Wayward Husband Returns to Kill Ex-Wife in Shocking Murder-Suicide

By Eddy Portnoy

Morris Rosenthal fell in love with another woman, and left his wife, Bessie, and kids to move in with his new love. When that didn’t work out he returned, bent on violenceRead More





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