Looking Back


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


July 25, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Socialist revolutionaries all over Russia are protesting and demonstrating. Last week in Baku, more than 40,000 workers took over the streets of the city and did battle with government troops. The revolutionaries also attacked a train carrying czarist soldiers, tearing up the tracks and derailing the cars.Read More


July 18, 2003

100 YEARS AGO In the wake of the Kishinev pogrom, a petition decrying Russia’s treatment of Jews was sent to the Russian government on the orders of President Roosevelt. Signed by some of America’s most important public figures, including dozens of congressmen and governors, Supreme Court justices and mayors, the protest…Read More


July 11, 2003

100 YEARS AGO When it was first announced that Mother Jones and her army of child protesters would be descending on Trenton, N.J., to demonstrate against the exploitation of child labor in the mills, the mayor declared that they were not wanted there. However, after being visited by Mother Jones, the mayor changed his tune and now will not only…Read More


July 4, 2003

100 YEARS AGO After a long wait, the Jews of the Lower East Side finally have a park they can call their own. Seward Park, located on East Broadway, opened this week without much fanfare. The park is a godsend for the thousands of residents who seek respite from the stifling air in their tenement houses. When the police opened the park…Read More


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