Looking Back


November 14, 2003

100 YEARS AGO• At a Workmen’s Circle benefit at the Grand Theater, a speech in support of socialism was given between acts by a member. During his speech, a good deal of noise was heard backstage. When he finished, the manager of the theater came out and spoke in support of the Yiddishe Tageblat, the reactionary and notoriously corrupt…Read More


November 7, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Just days before the elections, Tammany Hall’s hired thugs came down to the Lower East Side and began to beat up Jews who were attending an open-air meeting of social democrats. This is not the first time that Tammany Hall has sent its toughs to disrupt socialist meetings and beat up the speakers.Read More


October 31, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The uptown reformers are at it again. A group of [Republican Tom] Platt’s hypocrites have come to the Lower East Side to remind us of all the favors they’ve done for the Jews. They want to make sure they’ll be repaid on Election Day. So they opened a little park on Hester Street. How is it that they happened to have an…Read More


October 24, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A report from Orshe, in the Mohilever region of the Russian empire, indicates that a group of about 1,000 young Jews attacked a train full of Jews who had been arrested for defending their towns against pogroms. The attack was unsuccessful, having been fended off by sword-wielding Cossacks, who wounded a large number of Jews.Read More


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


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