Looking Back


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


Soviet Jews Win Right To Bake Passover Matzo

By Eddy Portnoy

Soviet Jews struggle to practice their religion and neighbors blame a Jewish family after a Pennsylvania child runs off into the woods.Read More


Was Composer Richard Wagner Actually Jewish?

By Eddy Portnoy

Rumors swirl that the anti-Semitic composer Richard Wagner is actually a Jew. A tailor’s illicit blue-blood affair makes headlines and a poet writes about surviving Stalin.Read More


Three-Timing Jewish Hubby Faces the Music

By Eddy Portnoy

A century ago, New York cigar maker Charles Weiss got in trouble for having three wives. Nazis were on the march 75 years ago and Jews fled Asian pogroms in 1963.Read More


Looking Back: January 18, 2013

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