Looking Back


Looking Back January 20, 2006

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDIn New York, Sam Abelman’s First Street Saloon became the scene of a wild brawl after Abelman and his barkeep demanded payment of 10 cents from a group of about a dozen men who were playing billiards there. Abelman’s request for the dime was met with a barrage of bottles, billiard balls and anything elseRead More


January 13, 2006

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDMost of the tenants of a tenement on Manhattan’s Chrystie Street confuse the names of two of the other residents: Rosenthal, the watchmaker, and Rosenblum, the building super. But the two men couldn’t be more different. When Rosenthal hung a fine-looking sign on his door advertising his watchRead More


December 30, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDMax Cohen, a 21-year-old resident of New York City’s Harlem area, was arrested on the charge of burglary. He stands accused of robbing more than 30 homes in a unique way: by posing as a window shade repairman. When Cohen appeared at the door of the Holland home, he told Mrs. Holland that the landlord had sent him toRead More


December 23, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDA benefit was held this week at the Casino Theater to raise funds for the Jews of Russia, who have been brutally attacked, robbed and murdered. Among the major talents who participated in the benefit: famed actress Sarah Bernhardt, who showed up late and refused to sit in her loge until the electric light inRead More


Back December 16, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARD It is being reported that well-known Russian antisemite Nikolski, who is advising the Russian imperialists on how to handle the current upheaval, said to the tsar, “The only way to stop the revolution is to drown it in a sea of Jewish blood.” Nikolski is known to have great influence in the Russian court andRead More


December 9, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDIn response to the rash of pogroms that has occurred in the wake of the current upheaval in Russia, a massive march of sorrow was held in New York this week in order to bring attention to the plight of Russia’s Jews. Braving freezing temperatures, hundreds of thousands came out to participate in the march.Read More


December 2, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDManhattan’s Lower East Side residents Rebecca Sadowsky, Sarah Leshinsky, Beka Rosenberg and Otto Levsky, who range in age from 9 to 14, appeared this week in the Essex Market Court, accompanied by their parents. All four children had been arrested for truancy, and records indicated that they had not appeared in schoolRead More


November 25, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDVicious pogroms are still raging around Odessa. One woman had a cross cut into her stomach. Many victims’ eyes were plucked out and sand was rubbed into their empty eye sockets. On October 19th, outside of Odessa, 60 Jews were forced to lie down on railroad tracks, side by side. Then, one afterRead More


Looking Back November 18, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDIn a private letter provided to the Forward by a resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the current pogroms in Russia are described: “Ten thousand people have been killed and wounded; children were thrown off of tall buildings; the bellies of pregnant women were cut open… the hospitals are packed with dead andRead More


November 11, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDThe Forward received an emergency telegram from the Bund in Russia: “The forces of reaction are stretching us to the ends of our strength. The Black Hundreds have organized all over Russia. Jews are being murdered by the thousands. Entire towns and villages have been set ablaze: Akerman, Gaydiatsh,Read More





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