Looking Back


September 10, 2004

100 YEARS AGO The judges in Galicia have a strange sense of justice. When a Jew and a gentile stood before a judge in a Galician shtetl and were found guilty of the same charge, disturbing the peace, the judge meted out two different sentences. The gentile received a fine of five kroner and the Jew, 10.Read More


September 3, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Fierce competition among Jewish psychics caused a major disturbance on the Lower East Side. At 10 cents a session, Jewish bal shems can rake in a pretty penny and their number is increasing.Read More


August 27, 2004

100 YEARS AGO• When Ida Bukhovitsh arrived on Ellis Island two months ago, one Mendl Sheinfeld, whom she knew from her town in Russia, met her. Sheinfeld signed for her, saying he was her cousin and that he would help her find work. He then took her back to his Lower East Side apartment, where his wife, Rebecca, robbed her of 60 rubles.Read More


August 20, 2004

100 YEARS AGO A greenhorn has disappeared from Ellis Island. Velvl Koifman (Yerukhem Osher Yankls), of Britshan, Bessarabia, arrived from Europe last Tuesday on the ship Rotterdam and has disappeared without a trace.Read More


August 13, 2004

100 YEARS AGO While Morris Epstein sat drinking a cup of coffee in a corner saloon, his six daughters sat crying in the family apartment above Epstein’s Pitt Street bakery.Read More


Looking Back August 6, 2004

100 YEARS AGO• It’s usually not easy to get a job in the trades run by the trusts. Typically, one has to be a friend or a relative of someone who already works in the industry. But because of a strike by the workers in the beef industry, the greenest of immigrants has been hired directly off of Ellis Island. Most of these new immigrant scabsRead More


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


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