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June 25, 2010

100 Years Ago in the Forward

Last week, 29-year-old East Third Street resident Dvoyre Ortshent abandoned her husband and five children and fled to Philadelphia with her lover, Julius Hillesberg, who had lived with the couple as a boarder. This week, the two were arrested as they were discovered buying foodstuffs in a Locust Street grocery in Philadelphia. When Mrs. Ortshent disappeared, her husband, Sam, alerted the Forward, which printed an article about Dvoyre’s disappearance together with a photograph. When the proprietor of the Locust Street Grocery, a Mr. Ribak, recognized Dvoyre from the photograph, he contacted the Forward’s Philadelphia office, which arranged a trap in the store with local police. The couple, who had been staying in a local boarding house under the name, “Mr. and Mrs. Cohen of New York,” was arrested.

75 Years Ago in the Forward

At a massive Nazi rally in Nuremberg, attended by approximately 200,000 people, Hermann Goering told the crowd the “Jewish race is an enemy of all people and threatens to destroy the German nation. Standing before the fiery mountain, I ask you to swear to hate this people that dragged the nations into a war for profit, that rapes our women and even attacks animals.” Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher added that “Christian churches serve as the agents of the Jews. Don’t believe the priests as long as they defend the people that Christ called, ‘the sons of the devil.’”

50 Years Ago in the Forward

This week, the U.N. Security Council voted on Argentina’s proposal that Israel be forced to return Nazi murderer Adolf Eichmann to Buenos Aires. The Council voted 8-0 against the proposal, with the U.S.S.R. and Poland abstaining. Argentina decided not to participate in the voting on its own resolution. Apparently, at some point during the discussions, Argentine delegate Mario Amadeo chose to step back from the proceedings, concluding that Israel should not have to send Eichmann back. Amadeo also added that Israel and Argentina would reinstitute diplomatic discussion of the entire affair.

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