Looking Back


January 28, 2005

100 YEARS AGO Word from St. Petersburg indicates that a full-fledged revolution has finally broken out in Russia. It is being reported that strikers protesting in front of the tsar’s Winter Palace in St. Petersburg were brutally attacked by the Imperial Army, leaving over 2,000 dead and over 5,000 wounded, many of them women and children.Read More


January 21, 2005

100 Years Ago This week marks a new era in the history of the Yiddish press: The Forward is now being printed on its very own printing press, the newest, most advanced press available. The new press is evidence of the incredible growth of the Forward, which, in only eight years, has gone from selling a few hundred copiesRead More


January 14, 2005

100 Years Ago It has already been three weeks since cap makers have gone on strike and the machines in their shops have stopped operating. The shop bosses have been busy looking for scab laborers to send into the shops — but not long after they begin working, they also join the picket lines. It appears that every morning, the bosses walk intoRead More


December 31, 2004

100 Years Ago Sam Fefferman ran a dry goods store on New York City’s Orchard Street. Things were going well for him and he decided to expand. Therefore he hired one Mendel Frucht to stand outside his store with a pushcart. For this he paid Frucht $8 per week. Fefferman’s business continued to succeed. Thus it was with great surprise that heRead More


Looking Back December 24, 2004

100 YEARS AGO• Last Saturday night, the police arrested the gang of counterfeiters that has been flooding New York City’s Lower East Side, passing out fake half-dollars and dimes. Among those arrested were East 4th Street residents Frank Schleiman and Elizabeth Reiber. Two other members of their gang were arrested uptown. TheRead More


December 17, 2004

100 Years Ago Ms. Ada Ginsberg came into the office of the Forward and announced that she would like to sell her five-week-old baby. Ms. Ginsberg informed us that since her husband disappeared three months ago, she has been living in Brooklyn with her uncle. Unfortunately, her uncle is in dire financial straits and is unableRead More


December 10, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Currently there is a great deal of unemployment in general and in the Jewish trades specifically. As a result, masses of day workers assemble each morning in what is called the pig market, in Hester Street Park, and wait for foremen who need workers. Jewish workers have been shipped off to Pennsylvania recently, where they areRead More


December 3, 2004

100 Years Ago Oscar Adler, a resident of Avenue B, was arrested after police found him hiding out in a Brooklyn, N.Y., hotel. Adler, 23, ran a banking concern called Novak & Co., through which many Galician and Hungarian Jews sent money and ship tickets to their relatives in the Old Country…Read More


Looking Back November 26, 2004

100 YEARS AGO• Mortimer L. Schiff, son of well-known Jewish banker Jacob Schiff, was arrested Sunday night for excessive speeding in a car on Fifth Avenue. Young Mortimer was furious that the arresting officer brought him down to the station and threatened to fix him good. Schiff also threatened the precinct’s sergeant in theRead More


November 19, 2004

100 YEARS AGO A strike has begun at the Cohen Brothers paper-box factory in New York City’s Bowery. The unusual thing about the 250 strikers is that most are young girls. In an obvious attempt to take advantage of their underage employees, the Cohen brothers, all religious Jews, paid them starvation wages. In addition, they created a fakeRead More


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