Looking Back


February 28, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Three Jewish workers from the cloak-maker shop of Kastovitz and Polanski came into the offices of the Forward and informed us of the following terrible conditions in their shop. The sewing machine operators are all Jews, but the 12 pressers are all Italians who let themselves be treated like slaves.Read More


January 31, 2003

*100 YEARS AGO The Essex Market Court was a full house after the police came out in force to arrest petty criminals on the Lower East Side. Among those in custody was one George Meyer, who was arrested on an accusation made by Harris Katz, who said that Meyer had shot at him with a revolver. But when Meyer was brought into court…Read More


January 24, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Because the enlightened worker doesn’t believe in religion, he is often jealous of his friends who still celebrate joyous holidays like Chanukah, Purim and Simchat Torah. The enlightened worker goes sees only the poverty around him and thus goes around depressed.Read More


January 17, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The birthday party for Comrade Levin’s 2-year-old daughter, which was attended by a large number of Forward employees who sang Russian revolutionary songs, was disrupted when Benjamin Belikoff drank a bottle of carbolic acid. Belikoff, who works for Levin and is also a boarder in his house, tried to bite the hands of…Read More


January 10, 2003

100 YEARS AGO The Jews of Fez, Morocco, have been driven into a ghetto for their own protection at the behest of the city government. Apparently Muslim fanatics have been threatening the Jewish community, and the government fears that they will attack the Jews.Read More


January 3, 2003

100 YEARS AGO Kosher Jews have been busted with treyf schnapps. The police suspected that somewhere on Jerome Street in Brooklyn there was an illegal bootlegging operation, but were unable to find it. That is, until they discovered a barrel-laden wagon pulling out of No. 472.Read More





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