Looking Back


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


Jewish Gangster Lured to Revenge Shooting at Restaurant on E. 14th Street

By Eddy Portnoy

A gangster named Billy Lustig was lured to a 14th St. restaurant and shot 100 years ago. A Brooklyn rabbi was busted for smuggling opium in 1938.Read More


Man Steals Family Photos So Not To Appear Forverts' 'Missing Husbands' Gallery

By Eddy Portnoy

This week in 1913 Becky Sher wanted to put her runaway husband’s picture in the ‘Gallery of Missing Husbands,’ but Mr. Sher was smart and took all the family photographs.Read More


Shakedown Artist 'Red Shirt Abie' Convicted for Poisoning Deliverymen's Horses

By Eddy Portnoy

A century ago, a notorious shakedown artist known as ‘Red Shirt Abie’ was convicted for poisoning delivery horses. Five decades later, Jacob Javits spoke out against the treatment of Soviet Jews.Read More


Moyshe the Shtarker, Jewish Gangster, Stabbed and Shot

By Eddy Portnoy

Few mourned the murder of a gangster dubbed Moyshe the Shtarker a century ago. And 75 years ago, uncomfortable questions about prodigies Yehudi and Hepitza Menuhin.Read More


Lower East Side Physician Arrested for Dealing Cocaine and Opium

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, Lower East Side physician Abraham Glickstein was arrested for dealing cocaine and opium. Seventy-five years later Jews were deported from Vienna.Read More


Fraternity Branch Closes To Avoid Jewish Members

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, a fraternity revoked a local chapter’s charter to avoid admitting Jews. Fifty years later a Jewish detective was shot in a hotel stake-out.Read More


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