Looking Back


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


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


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