Chana Pollack is the Forward’s archivist. Contact her at [email protected]
By Chana Pollack
On the brink of a new Iran Deal, our Iran coverage through the decades
The task of illuminating the complexity of Jewish life in and in relation to Iran is one the Forward has always taken seriously.
‘Everywhere, there was death’: The Forward’s groundbreaking coverage of disaster in Ukraine — in the 1930s
The Forward’s reporting became a primary source of American information on the Holodomor, a devastating famine.
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Still no NYC monument for the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust
Warsaw Ghetto survivor Arthur Nunberg called for this in a 1973 speech near the UN but all the city provided was a temporary plaque.
The year was 1897. Here’s what Jews were doing.
125 years ago, the Forverts entered a vibrant Jewish world
‘Cattle grazed among the bones of our sacred martyrs’: Covering Babyn Yar through the decades
It took two years for the Forward to first cover the 1941 massacre at Babyn Yar, a ravine in Ukraine, where the Nazis massacred more than 33,000 Jews over two days. The 1943 article came after the nearby city of Kyiv was liberated by the Red Army. That feature piece by Avrom Leyb Hendin —…
‘It’s so easy to lose touch’: Recovering the history of David Duchovny’s grandfather, a Yiddish writer
Welcome to Ask the Archivist, where Chana Pollack, the Forward’s archivist for the last 21 years, hunts down some mystery from our 125-year history. We can’t promise we’ll find exactly what you seek. But unearthing something amazing along the way — a story to make you laugh, cry or wish you could just speak to…
Timeline | How the Forward covered LGBTQ history
If an American reader had glanced casually at the front page of the Forward on May 7, 1933, they would have had no idea that one of the most pivotal events of the early Nazi regime had occurred the day before. No, it wasn’t the decision of Adolf Hitler’s Justice Department to allow for the…
We’re here, we’re queer, we’re Yiddish: LGBTQ stories, and silences, in the Forward archives
It’s traditional for the gay community to gather for brunch before a Pride march during Pride month, or nachas khoydesh in Yiddish. Today, we propose instead a forshpayz, an appetizer-sized portion of queer archival Forverts history — rare treasures celebrating LGBTQ dignity, visibility and equality: our first archival Pride march back in time. For me,…
Admit it, American Jewish establishment: Peter Beinart was right
Robert Kraft will spend $25 million running ads against antisemitism. Is this the right way to protect Jews?
Are Israeli generals more left-wing than their own government?
Evangelicals love to compare Trump to King David — but just how similar are they?
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