Looking Back


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


May 20, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Two Jewish youths, 18-year-old Max Dender and 20-year-old Harry Levi, were arrested for consorting with streetwalkers on Manhattan’s Bowery. After the police appeared and arrested the two streetwalkers, Dender and Levi took off running. The two young men ran to a house on 9th Street and began shouting, “Goldberg!Read More


May 13, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Despite the fact that the Russian government is attempting to keep news of this event out of the papers, reports from the city of Zhitomir, about 85 miles from Kiev, indicate that a large-scale pogrom has been taking place over the last five days. Thus far, 16 Jews have been killed and hundreds have been wounded. One importantRead More


May 6, 2005

100 YEARS AGO A scandal has broken out in a block of tenement houses right in the middle of the Jewish quarter on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Because the police have not yet been notified, names of suspects are not being reported. Apparently the superintendent of one of the tenement houses, a woman, has been running a brothelRead More


April 29, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Because of the current state of unrest throughout Russia, Jews fear that signs are ripening for a wave of pogroms to take place, coinciding with the celebration of Orthodox Easter. Making matters worse, a Christian cleric in Zhitomir has been openly agitating among his Orthodox congregants for an attack on the Jews. In addition,Read More


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