Looking Back


July 23, 2004

100 YEARS AGO More than 5,000 pushcart peddlers filled six halls on the Lower East Side to protest the new decree by Sanitation Commissioner Woodbury. The new law, which takes effect this week, no longer permits pushcart salesmen to stand with their wares in the street and instead forces them to stand under the newly builtRead More


July 16, 2004

100 YEARS AGO A blood libel was averted in the shtetl of Dokshitz, near Minsk, after an eyewitness fingered a pair of murderers who were planning to hide the body under the house of a local Jew.Read More


July 9, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Tragic news has arrived from Europe announcing the death of the leader of political Zionism, Dr. Theodore Herzl, from a heart attack. He was 44 years old.Read More


July 2, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Sixteen people were wounded, seven of them critically — including one police officer — in a race riot that occurred between Italians and Irish on East 15th Street in New York City. The cause of the riot is thought to be old neighborhood grievances. Children started initial arguments, but soon their familiesRead More


June 25, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Rachel Hoffman was shot to death while she slept, by her husband, 34-four-year-old buttonhole-maker Samuel Hoffman of Broome Street in New York City. The early-morning murder took place while their three children and an unknown number of boarders still were asleep.Read More


June 18, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Elderly Jewish millionaire Meyer Guggenheim one of the major players of the uptown crowd of “Yahudim,” has been slapped with a lawsuit for breach of promise, which demands damages of $100,000. One Hannah MacNamara, who says that she and Guggenheim lived a clandestine existence as man and wife under the name “Mr. and Mrs….Read More


June 11, 2004

100 YEARS AGO On a secluded farm in New Jersey, well-known Yiddish theater actor Morris Finkel shot and killed his wife, singer Emma Finkel, and then turned the gun on himself. Both Finkels were much beloved, and the entire Yiddish theater community has been deeply saddened by the tragedy. “The news simply took my head off,” said director…Read More


June 4, 2004

100 YEARS AGO In the wake of pogroms and in light of numerous threats of new ones, Jews in shtetls are beginning to arm themselves. When Jewish residents of the shtetl of Talatshin, in the Moghilev province, caught wind of a pogrom being planned against them, they sent out announcements to neighboring Borisov, as well as to Shklov and…Read More


May 28, 2004

100 YEARS AGO New York City detectives are searching for 15-year-old Katy Garfinkel of East Harlem. Garfinkel disappeared two weeks ago. Her uncle, Paul Garfinkel, has been looking for her and just last week received information that placed the girl in a brothel on 30th Street.Read More


May 21, 2004

100 YEARS AGO In a driving rain, at 3 a.m., the Aksel family was evicted from their apartment on 89 Columbia Street. Mr. Aksel, a tailor, only learned of the eviction after a long day of toiling in the shop. When he arrived home, he didn’t know that he, his wife and their three children would be spending the night on the street.Read More





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