Looking Back


Looking Back August 12, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDThis week, the Forward received a postcard from one Yidl Zaydman, in the shtetl of Rishkan in Bessarabia. It read as follows: “It’s not so good here, and even worse since the economy is so depressed. There has also been a riot of pogroms nearby, but always in other shtetlekh. Yesterday, suddenly, there was pogrom inRead More


Looking Back August 5, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARDGalician childhood sweethearts Avrom and Dvosye Laykin had been happily married for 11 years. Their breakup has shocked the Lower East Side — not because of the split per se, but on account of the reasons behind it. In the official court documents, it says that after 11 years, Avrom came to the realizationRead More


July 22, 2005

100 YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARD A riot occurred at the opening ceremony for a new synagogue in St. Louis. After the doors of Hevrat Sfarad opened to let in those who had gathered for the ceremony, the new synagogue filled up quickly and hundreds of people who had been waiting were unable to get inside. When people began pushing, the police moved in, swinging fists and clubs with abandon. Many Jews were injured in the melee. Hundreds of men’s and women’s hats lay on the street, torn to shreds, after the disturbance.Read More


July 15, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Early in the morning, Morris Klein came into the Forward offices with his 8-year-old daughter. “Please, take my child,” he said. Klein, who arrived in New York recently from St. Louis, is a poor laborer whose wife died this past Passover, leaving him to care for their four children.Read More


July 8, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Last week, the Forward predicted that the besieged Russian battleship Potemkin would celebrate its own Fourth of July. This, in fact, happened. On July 4, the soldiers and officers of the Potemkin formed a mutiny and joined the ranks of the revolutionaries. Just as the American revolutionaries declared themselves free from the…Read More


July 1, 2005

100 YEARS AGO After hearing reports of families living in terrible poverty, we sent a reporter to visit some of them. One family, the Grossmans, comprises a widow and her three children. They live on the fourth floor of a tenement on Manhattan’s Chrystie Street. Mrs. Grossman, whose late husband worked in a tin factory and died on theRead More


June 17, 2005

100 YEARS AGO The bosses of the jacket-making sweatshop at 40 Cherry Street in Manhattan are having a difficult time dealing with their striking workers. Their hired goons and foremen have attacked the pickets and have brought in the police to arrest them. Those strikers who were arrested had their bail paid by the union. But beating up theRead More


June 10, 2005

100 YEARS AGO As is well known, the Bund is the most active Jewish self-defense organization that works to protect the Jews during the wave of pogroms that has recently engulfed the Pale of Settlement. It is our duty to help the Bund arm Jews so that they can protect themselves. The Bund’s Central Committee has decided to send its members outRead More


June 3, 2005

100 YEARS AGO A wild episode occurred this week in Max Solomon’s 19th Street skirt factory, located in New York City. The factory employs 400 workers. One of them, a presser, walked into the boss’s office to ask for his paycheck. When the boss said he didn’t have it, the presser demanded his pay. The boss responded by beating up theRead More


May 27, 2005

100 YEARS AGO With fists flailing, knife-and-ax-bearing mobs attacked the Jewish quarter in Warsaw this week. Now eight Jews are dead and more than 100 are wounded, some grievously. The unusual aspect of this pogrom was that it was entirely Jew-on-Jew action. As part of an effort to clean up the Jewish quarter, members of the Jewish SocialistRead More





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