Looking Back


October 17, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The Russian newspaper Osvobozhdenie is reporting that the police in Mohilev are looking for any excuse to start a pogrom. The police have been baiting the local peasants by saying that Jews attacked nearby villages, thereby inciting the peasants to attack Jews. Jews out walking in the municipal garden have also been attacked…Read More


Looking Back October 10, 2003

100 YEARS AGO• According to the Bund’s latest reports, three revolutionaries were put on trial for taking part in an anti-government demonstration in Rostov. The first day of the trial, more than 700 demonstrators arrived to protest. On their way to the courthouse, they were confronted by a group of Cossacks and a number of fights broke out.Read More


October 3, 2003

100 YEARS AGO More reports on the pogrom in Homel are filtering in, mostly by way of private letters, although no clear estimates are available on the number of dead and injured. One letter, sent to a resident of Essex Street, includes the following details: “About 2,000 men armed with axes and iron bars attacked the town, and it didn’t…Read More


September 19, 2003

100 YEARS AGO In the Bund’s latest report from the front lines of the coming revolution in Russia, one notable item is that the czarist police have tried to frighten the Jews of Kiev by informing them that revolutionary forces are planning to attack them on the first of May, the holiday for all intelligent workers.Read More


September 12, 2003

100 YEARS AGO There was bound to be trouble between Shmuel Birnboym and Barnett Studnik. When Mrs. Studnik filed for divorce, her husband smelled something rotten. He figured she was no saint and concluded that Shmuel Birnboym put her up to it. Birnboym denied having anything to do with Mrs.Read More


September 5, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Theodor Herzl’s opening speech of the Zionist Congress was interrupted by delegate Rabinovitsh from Kiev, who yelled out in the middle of the speech that a moment of silence was not a sufficient manner with which to remember the victims of the Kishinev pogrom and that a rabbi should be brought in to say a prayer.Read More


August 29, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A massive split has occurred at the Zionist Congress in Basel as the entire Russian delegation walked out in protest. The Russian delegates, who make up nearly half of the entire congress, were furious at the executive committee’s decision to pursue the British offer of a colony for a Jewish settlement in…Read More


August 22, 2003

100 YEARS AGO In Bialystok, large numbers of young Jews, who were part of a march of 4,000 revolutionaries protesting the oppressive czarist regime, were attacked and imprisoned by the police and military agents. The police attacked the march as soon as it started. Even after the crowd dispersed, they continued to grab bystanders and arrest…Read More


August 15, 2003

100 YEARS AGO When Police officer Murphy pushed Isaac Isaacs down at the corner of Forsyth and Division Streets, he probably didn’t think much of it. And when Isaacs’ nephew, David, came running up and demanded Murphy’s badge number, Murphy grabbed him and started dragging him to the precinct.Read More


August 1, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Surrounded by eight gendarmes, would-be assassin Fruma Frumkin was led into the courtroom through the back door when she arrived at her trial for attempting to stab Kiev military commander Novitski. Frumkin refused to accept a defense attorney or to respond to questions posed to her by the prosecution. In her defense, she said the…Read More





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