Looking Back


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


May 9, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Since most Jews in America are no longer religious, it seems odd that the market for tefillin and prayer shawls is much more active here than in Europe. A salesman of religious articles explained why: A religious Jew only needs to buy a prayer shawl and phylacteries once, and he uses them six days a week for his entire life.Read More


May 2, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Only after three days of atrocities did the Russian government finally declare martial law. A week after one of the worst pogroms in history, the Forward has received a telegram detailing the damage: Jewish shops and homes destroyed; streets full of feathers and smashed furniture; more than 100 Jews murdered, 400 permanently…Read More


April 25, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The streets of Kishinev are running with Jewish blood. It is being reported that thus far more than 25 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in a major pogrom that began on Easter Sunday. An organized band of pogromists wielding knives and machetes attacked the Jewish quarter, where they broke into houses…Read More


April 18, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The police arrested a gang of eight Italians and charged them with the murder of an unknown person whose body had been found stuffed in a barrel on 11th Street. Those arrested are alleged to be members in the mysterious secret society called “mafia.”Read More


April 11, 2003

100 YEARS AGO A policeman found Lower East Side celebrity and restaurateur Big Dave Bernstein stumbling around the Bowery with a revolver hanging out of his pocket. Big Dave, known locally for his strength, had blood pouring out of a wound in his chest. When the cop tried to help him, he pushed the officer out of his way.Read More


April 4, 2003

100 YEARS AGO When her tenement on Henry Street went up in flames, 14-year-old Rosie Rothstein ran into the hallway screaming for someone to save her 84-year-old grandfather. But in the chaos, no one in the crowd paid any attention to her. “You’re a bunch of sissies,” the girl yelled, running back into the burning tenement to try to…Read More


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