Looking Back


March 5, 2004

100 YEARS AGO A number of novel scams have hit the Lower East Side in recent days. For example, a doctor showed up at the door of Mr. and Mrs. Mendel Lort of Prince Street and told the couple he had been sent by the Board of Health to determine whether the two were in good health. While Mr. Lort initially protested, saying that both…Read More


February 27, 2004

100 YEARS AGO In a story that exemplifies the inhumanity of Russia’s antisemitism, a Jewish doctor who lived with his family in Kiev volunteered to serve in the medical corps of the Russian army, since the lack of doctors on the front in Siberia is well-known. But a Jewish family cannot live outside the Pale unless its breadwinner lives…Read More


February 20, 2004

100 YEARS AGO More than 10,000 partiers streamed into Madison Square Garden one Saturday night this month to take part in the sensational Forward Masked Ball. It was incredible to look down from the packed balconies onto the dance floor, where thousands of couples danced the night away. The masks and costumes made parts of the arena seem like…Read More


February 13, 2004

100 YEARS AGO In spite of rumors that Russia’s dictator has fallen ill on account of failures of the Russian army in its battles with Japan as well as the general weakness of the economy, evil decrees against the Jews of the empire are continuing unabated. Thousands of Jews are being driven out of Russia proper and back into the Pale of…Read More


Looking Back February 6, 2004

100 YEARS AGO• At a time when pogroms are occuring so frequently, it seems like all Russians hate Jews. The Bund reports, however, that there are not only working-class Russians who consider themselves compatriots of Jewish workers, but they are also willing to stand up and protect their Jewish colleagues during pogroms. For example,Read More


January 30, 2004

100 YEARS AGO After pogroms in which their stores and homes were destroyed, more than 1,200 Jews from a number of smaller towns in Morocco have arrived in Casablanca. Morocco has been wracked with violence and riots, which, though directed at the ruling classes, have victimized the Jewish and, to a lesser degree, the Christian communities.Read More


January 23, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Cigarmaker Sam Gold, 24, was in love with Annie Ordover, 20, and asked her to marry him. Annie, however, wasn’t interested and brushed off his advances. On Friday night, when Gold proposed again in the middle of Sixth Street, he was rebuffed a second time. It was then that he pulled out a revolver and began to shoot at…Read More


January 16, 2004

100 YEARS AGO Brooklyn resident Annie Shneur needed money to buy medicine for her four children, all of whom are sick with diphtheria. The recently widowed Shneur was arrested after she walked out of a Brooklyn department store with $25 worth of clothing. Pale and thin, she stood before the judge and admitted that she stole the clothes, but did…Read More


January 9, 2004

• One of the elderly residents of the Minsk home for the Jewish indigent didn’t show up for lunch when called. When his fellow residents went to check on him, they determined that he was no longer among the living and quickly sent his body to the cemetery. Since, according to Jewish law, a corpse cannot be left alone before it is buried, theRead More


January 2, 2004

100 YEARS AGO All of Chicago is in mourning after a massive fire broke out in the Iroquois Theater, killing more than 600 people — mostly women and children — during a matinee performance. A spark from an electrical cord set a chorus girl’s costume on fire, which led to the explosion of some lights, in turn setting the curtain…Read More





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