Looking Back


Yitzhak Ben Zvi Memorialized

By Eddy Portnoy

Former Israeli President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi was buried in Jerusalem. A Polish man living on the Lower East Side was murdered by his wife, who believed that he sold their son to Jews.Read More


Snatched From Seders To Wash Streets of Vienna

By Eddy Portnoy

As the Nazis tightened their grip on Vienna, Jews were pulled from Passover seders to wash streets. Freed wife-poisoner Morris Lustig was jailed again for participating in a car theft ring.Read More


Anti-Semitism Sweeps Poland and Vienna

By Eddy Portnoy

Anti-Semitism ran rampant in Poland. In Vienna, cellist Jacob Feuerman was forced by Nazis to wash a sidewalk, injuring his hands. Bund leader Raphael Abramovitch’s death was mourned.Read More


Comedian Eddie Cantor Threatened by Nazis

By Eddy Portnoy

In Greece, Easter brought warnings of pogroms. Comedian Eddie Cantor faced threats of Nazi violence and West Germany discouraged scientists from working against Israel.Read More


Philly Peddler's Beard Sliced Off in Attack

By Eddy Portnoy

A Jewish peddler’s beard was cut off in an attack in West Philadelphia. Jews attempted to flee Nazi Vienna and Soviet Jews were arrested for baking matzo at home.Read More


Forverts Prints 150,000 Copies Per Day

The Forverts was the third largest publication in New York 100 years ago. Jews committed suicide in Nazi Austria and an Israeli agent planned to murder a German scientist.Read More


Teenage Girl Pounds Robber

By Eddy Portnoy

A teenage girl from the Lower East Side attacked a robber. The Eldridge Street Synagogue was looted and Israel claimed that Syria broke a U.N.-negotiated ceasefire.Read More


War on Yiddish in Israel

By Eddy Portnoy

Blood libel rumors were spread by priests in New Jersey. A controversy brewed in Israel over Yiddish. And, Soviet Jews were prosecuted for “economic crimes.”Read More


Bertrand Russell Challenges Nikita Khrushchev on Anti-Semitism

By Eddy Portnoy

Yiddish theater in New York City goes on strike; Arab terrorists attack the Jewish settlement in Palestine; Bertrand Russell takes on the Kremlin over anti-Semitism.Read More


Detectives Bust Teenage Opium Den

By Eddy Portnoy

Police bust a teenage opium den, Arabs protest a Tel Aviv port for Jewish immigrants and Jews in Moscow are treated to Yiddish theater.Read More


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