Looking Back


Lower East Side Physician Arrested for Dealing Cocaine and Opium

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, Lower East Side physician Abraham Glickstein was arrested for dealing cocaine and opium. Seventy-five years later Jews were deported from Vienna.Read More


Fraternity Branch Closes To Avoid Jewish Members

By Eddy Portnoy

One hundred years ago, a fraternity revoked a local chapter’s charter to avoid admitting Jews. Fifty years later a Jewish detective was shot in a hotel stake-out.Read More


Bertrand Russell Calls Out Nikita Khrushchev

By Eddy Portnoy

Nikita Khrushchev was criticized by a famed philosopher for denying the reality of anti-Semitism. Twenty-five years earlier, a Jewish gangster was convicted after pleading: ‘I was framed!’Read More


Haman of Ellis Island Resigns

By Eddy Portnoy

One-hundred years ago this week, the “Haman of Ellis Island” resigned. Twenty-five years later, the British government issued a plan to divide Mandate Palestine.Read More


Malcolm X and the Jews

By Eddy Portnoy

100 years ago, a leader of a gang of fake beggars was locked up; 75 years ago Sigmund Freud fled Vienna; 50 years ago Malcolm X drew the ire of Jewish leaders.Read More


Third Century Synagogue Unearthed in Turkey

By Eddy Portnoy

Poland’s Labor Party passed a measure promoting emigration of Jews 75 years ago this week. Twenty-five years later, a third century synagogue was unearthed in eastern Turkey.Read More


A New York Jewish Man Tries To Commit Suicide by Cocaine

By Eddy Portnoy

This week, 100 years ago, Jacob Haas took cocaine and tried to commit suicide because he couldn’t marry his niece. And, 75 years ago, details of Jewish life in Vienna under the Nazis were surfacing.Read More


Cantors Consider Joining the AFL-CIO

By Eddy Portnoy

This week in history, Kohanim, the Jewish priestly class, went on strike and a federation of cantors considered joining the AFL-CIO.Read More


Paper Lauds Jewish National Home

By Eddy Portnoy

This week in history, a British newspaper promoted the ‘creation of a Jewish national home,’ and two adult Jews from Majorca were circumcised.Read More


American Nazis Arrested

By Eddy Portnoy

This week in history, American Nazis appeared in court after a disturbance at an Israel Independence celebration and unlikely best friends had a joint funeral.Read More


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