Looking Back


October 21, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDA group of hooligans, the same group that attacked the Bund headquarters on Manhattan’s East Broadway on Yom Kippur, showed up again this week outside the organization’s offices. As the group of delinquents stood outside, banging on the windows and laughing loudly, one of the Bundists, Comrade Berger, went out andRead More


October 14, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDFive teenage boys, Isadore Klinger, Harold Shredder, Joseph Steinberg, Solomon Cossack and Salvatore Masse — all residents of the same Chrystie Street block on Manhattan’s Lower East Side — were arrested on the charge of running a “school” for young thieves. They were caught on the cornerRead More


October 7, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDThe city of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has a growing Jewish community. It also has a strange problem: The trustees of Poughkeepsie’s synagogue were indicted for disturbing the peace. The reason? Apparently, the yearly sounding of the shofar was disturbing the synagogue’s Christian neighbors. Also includedRead More


September 30, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDEmmanuel Feigenbaum was already married to three women and was about to marry a fourth when the police intervened. Feigenbaum left his first wife, Yetta, and married Maria Kotter without divorcing Yetta, who had been searching for him. Yetta managed to find Kotter and while they were commiserating over their situations,Read More


September 23, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARD Officer Miller saw that a small crowd had gathered in Manhattan at the corner of Second Avenue and 2nd Street, despite orders by New York City’s chief of police that such gatherings not be permitted — particularly in bad neighborhoods like the Lower East Side. He told the group to break it up, prompting someRead More


Looking Back September 16, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARD“The problem is that the bride is too pretty,” begins an editorial describing the English-language American press’s complaints about Jewish immigrants. Although some of the papers take on an allegedly friendly tone toward the Jews, they complain about how they excel in many aspects of life, from businessRead More


September 9, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARD A group of Jews were shot in the middle of the main street in broad daylight in Kishinev, during the funeral of a Jewish woman who was murdered by hooligans. As the procession made its way to the cemetery, a group of local police began shooting at the mourners, killing and wounding an unknown number of them. AboutRead More


September 2, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDA letter from Lublin, Poland, has arrived in the offices of the Forward, describing a horrific pogrom that occurred a few weeks ago on the night of Tisha B’av. As Jews sat on the floor of the synagogue reciting kinot (elegies) in memory of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem, local police and Cossacks broke inRead More


August 26, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDNews reports out of Russia indicate horrific pogroms are taking place in Bialystok, Berditchev, Homel, Minsk, Pinsk, Vilna and Bobroisk, among other locales. In these cities and towns, simultaneously and according to the same plan, drunken and enraged soldiers have attacked at workers’ meetings, in clubs andRead More


August 19, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDIn the wake of continuing unrest in Russia, and amid calls for democracy, Tsar Nikolai has begun to make noises about reforms. This is connected to a plan for wealthy Jews to provide huge loans to the Russian monarchy. Europe’s most important Jews are universally against such a plan to “buy” Jewish rights inRead More





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