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August 24, 2007

100 Years Ago In the Forward

Solomon Teitler and his wife, Celeste, were recently arrived immigrants from Vienna. Because the Teitlers were people of means, they were able to find a good home quickly. Shortly thereafter, while enjoying themselves in a Hungarian café on Manhattan’s Second Avenue, they made the acquaintance of one Arthur Levy, who was looking for a place to live. Mrs. Teitler suggested that she and her husband take him in as a boarder, which they did. Two weeks later, Mrs. Teitler ran off with Levy. Her husband called in detectives, who found the two living in a room on West Broadway. Levy was arrested and given a room in the Ludlow Street Jail, where Mrs. Teitler brings him fresh fruit every morning and a kugel Saturday.

75 Years Ago In the Forward

This week, a large number of Jewish businessmen in the German city of Nuremburg received letters informing them that they are now on a “black list” of Nazi enemies and will soon be killed by followers of Adolf Hitler. Portions of the letter read as follows: “We are informing you that you are on our ‘black list.’ On a certain day, we will kill you. As is evident from recent events, we have no fear of punishment. We Nazis will kill every Jew. We will do this when we come to power. You have probably read in the newspapers how we bomb Jewish businesses. We do this to Jews who regard gentiles as second rate humans. This plan will be carried out. You should go and visit your rabbi to make your final confession and to arrange for your funeral.”

50 Years Ago In the Forward

Before the eyes of tens of millions of television viewers, Joyce Marion, an 18-year-old Jewish student, won on “The 64 Thousand Dollar Question.” The pressure was so intense that the program had to go long and cut into the next show. The show’s sponsors had to pay $70,000, not including the $64,000 for Joyce, to be on it. One of them, the Revlon company, said that it was a good deal, considering the interest of the audience and the show’s breath-taking finale. This was the fifth week that the pretty Jewish girl appeared on the program. Accompanying her on it were her parents, Melvin and Florence Marion; her little brother, Harry, and her bubbe, Florence Levine, a Forward reader.

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