Looking Back


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


June 27, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A lynch mob of about 4,000 men, women and children broke into the Wilmington, Del., jail and dragged out George White, who was black, and burned him alive on a bonfire. White had been accused of raping and killing the daughter of a local reverend. His trial had been scheduled for September, which, evidently, was not soon…Read More


June 20, 2003

100 YEARS AGO When Pavolachi Krushevan, editor of the antisemitic newspaper Besarabets, and whose articles are widely believed to have incited the hooligans of Kishinev to attack the Jews, walked out of his office into the street, he was quickly surrounded by a gang of Jewish youths who had recognized the renowned antisemite.Read More


June 13, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The spirit of Hirsh Lekert lives. A Jewish woman by the name of Grunskin was arrested for being a member of an underground revolutionary organization and brought before Chief Novitski, the officer responsible for the Kiev gendarmerie. Novitski is well known among the Kiev revolutionaries for his sadism, and more than one political…Read More


June 6, 2003

100 YEARS AGO “Bravo African Jews!” trumpets a headline on the Forward’s front page. The paper takes great pride in the fact that Tripoli’s Jews are refusing to pay taxes and are demanding equality with their fellow Muslim citizens.Read More


May 30, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Thousands filled Carnegie Hall to take part in a meeting to protest the Russian government’s complicity in the barbaric pogroms in Kishinev. Some of the most influential Americans attended the meeting, including former president Grover Cleveland, who expressed his sympathy for the victims.Read More


May 23, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Following the recent pogroms in Kishinev, fear has engulfed the Jewish communities of the Russian empire. Last week, more than 35,000 Jews were expelled from the city of Kiev. In response, groups of brave, young Jews in Kiev, Tiraspol, Odessa, Ekaterinoslav and other cities have secretly armed and dispersed themselves in order…Read More





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