Looking Back


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

50, 75, 100 Years Ago in the ForwardRead More


Lower East Side Dad Has Daughter Arrested For Dating Local Gangster Boy

By Eddy Portnoy

Herman Weinberg accused his own teenage daughter, Flora, of hanging around with unsavory characters in their lower East Side neighborhood.Read More


Looking Back: January 4, 2012

1912 After hearing screams coming from a hut on the lake in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a boy ran to a nearby police officer and told him something was wrong. Read More


Looking Back: December 28, 2012

100, 75 and 50 Years Ago in the ForwardRead More


Looking Back: December 14, 2012

100 Years Ago

1912 Chicago police arrested Samuel Kramer, the famed New York City pickpocket who was arrested months ago with gangsters “Lefty Louie” Rosenberg and “Gyp the Blood” Horowitz but managed to escape, after an anonymous tip informed them that Kramer was holed up in a local brothel. He was in bed when five police detectives burst into the room. Kramer reached for his revolver, but he was too slow: The detectives pounced on him and beat him badly — so badly that he was taken to the hospital before they took him to police headquarters. An opium pipe and a quantity of opium were found on the table next to the bed that Kramer was occupying. The owner of the brothel was also brought in for questioning. Kramer is currently being held until New York City police detectives come and pick him up. When asked why he ran away in the first place, he responded with a curse. Read More


Looking Back: November 30th 2012

1912 Morris Lustig, who in 1910 poisoned his wife in order to collect $3,000 in insurance money, has been freed from Sing Sing prison’s death row. Read More


Looking Back: October 12, 2012

1912 Speaking from the witness stand, Jack Rose dropped a bomb at the Charles Becker trial. Rose, a New York City gambler, said Becker told him that Herman “Beansie” Rosenthal had to be killed. Rose then recounted the story of Rosenthal’s murder in vivid terms. Making matters worse for Becker, a Jewish gambler named Morris Luban was brought to the stand, ostensibly in Becker’s defense. He said that he, Becker and Rose were sitting in a Turkish bathhouse on Lafayette Street a week before the murder, when he heard Becker tell Rose that if his gang didn’t kill Rosenthal, he would have to do it himself. Becker’s lawyers immediately jumped up and started screaming at Luban that he said he would testify on Becker’s behalf. Luban replied that he didn’t know what they were talking about.Read More


Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.