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June 4, 2010

100 Years Ago in The Forward

After learning from friends that his wife was cheating on him, William Schwartz, a chicken dealer on East 9th Street, found the alleged transgressor in a saloon. Upon seeing Schwartz enter the saloon, the man in question, a Pennsylvania Railroad employee named John Strumpf, ran into Weinstock’s Crockery Store. Schwartz went in after him and the two wrestled, knocking down shelves and wrecking much of the store’s stock. Schwartz then put a gun to Strumpf’s head and fatally shot him. Although he fled the scene, Schwartz was finally apprehended by a policeman, who dragged him to the precinct as locals punched and kicked him.

75 Years Ago in The Forward

Suffering is relative, and while the condition of Jews in certain parts of Europe is certainly bad, it’s nothing like the horrendous condition of the Jews in Afghanistan. This week, an emissary from the region, Nissim Rafael, arrived in Tel Aviv. Rafael actually lives in Peshawar, but does business in Kabul and came to ask for help in getting the Jews out. He said that during Passover, there was a terrible blood libel, during which Muslims surrounded the Jewish quarter in Kabul and accused the Jews of kidnapping their children and using their blood for matzos. Violence was averted at the last second when the children were found.

50 Years Ago in The Forward

The Marine Corps has said that any marine who belongs to a Nazi organization will be kicked out of the Corps. However, the U.S. Justice Department has declared that it is, in fact, legal for a marine to be a member of such an organization. The Justice department added that while it is a danger for anyone in the U.S. armed services to associate with a communist movement, membership in other reactionary groups does not pose a threat to anyone. The Marines were informed that it was not wise to get involved in the personal political opinions of individual marines.

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