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September 24, 2010

100 Years Ago in the forward

Residents of Brooklyn?s East New York area have taken sides in the marriage drama of 70-year-old Marcus Ulman and 50-year-old Leah Fleisher. A mutual friend recently introduced the couple, a widower and widow, after Ulman took a shine to Fleisher. Ulman proposed marriage and even offered to throw in $500. Thinking this was a good deal, Fleisher accepted. The two went to the Marriage Bureau and got a license, but then Ulman decided that he wouldn?t give her the money until after the wedding. ?Let?s live together for a week, see how it goes, and then I?ll give you the money,? he said. Fleisher would have none of it. She wanted the money right then and there. The issue has split East New York in two ? one half supporting Fleisher, the other, Ulman. Meanwhile, no wedding has taken place. Let?s just hope the story ends happily.

75 Years Ago in the forward

In Silesia, rock-throwing Nazis beat a Jewish soccer player to death after pummeling him during a match. The athlete, Edmund Boymgartner, was part of a Polish team that was participating in a match with a German team. In the middle of the game, the German fans began screaming and throwing rocks at Boymgartner, bringing the game to a halt. At that point, the German fans broke out of the stands and rushed Boymgartner, attacking him with sticks, rocks and fists and kicking him. Boymgartner was beaten to death by this lynch mob. With horrible events like this taking place by the hands of German fans, people are beginning to wonder what the atmosphere will be like at next year?s Olympic games, which are scheduled to take place in Berlin.

50 Years Ago in the forward

From the desk of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, White House:

?It is always a pleasure to greet my Jewish co-citizens during the Jewish High Holidays. I know this is a deeply meaningful time for them. According to their ancient tradition, they are required to repent and to thank and to praise God. Strengthened by the moral power of the God of their fathers, they securely enter the New Year. This is my last Rosh Hashanah greeting as President. But as a private citizen I will always remember these holy days with warmth and respect.?


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