Looking Back


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


November 12, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Russian newspapers are looking for the root causes of the rash of pogroms that has occurred recently in the empire. The Russian journalists have concluded that the main reason for the pogroms is the wide availability of vodka. A short time ago, a number of small pogroms were perpetrated by groups of new army recruits as well as byRead More


November 5, 2004

100 YEARS AGO We are pleased to report that the strikes in progress at Kaplan and Markovitzs and Meyer and Shifrims sweatshops are going well. The bosses have had two strikers arrested in a failed attempt to break the rest of them. It is clear that eventually the bosses will have to settle with the courageous strikers. The bosses of the shopsRead More


October 29, 2004

100 YEARS AGO When Harlem resident Morris Stein walked into his apartment after work, he found two men stealing his belongings. When they saw him, the two men jumped out the window. Stein gave chase, yelling for the police along the way. A policeman managed to catch one of the thieves. When they arrived at the station, Stein sawRead More


October 22, 2004

100 YEARS AGO British-Jewish writer Israel Zangwill is currently in New York for the purpose of convincing wealthy Jews to support his plan to settle Jews in East Africa. England has practically promised a land mass of 400 square miles for the Jews to colonize, but this area is so untamed that only wild animals live there.Read More





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