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June 10, 2011

100 Years In The Forward

The Jewish community of Baltimore is reeling after arrests were made in the case of the murdered Cohens. The police arrested Ida Brooks Cohen after they determined that she poisoned her husband, Morris Cohen, as well as his uncle, also named Morris Cohen, and his wife. The former Morris Cohen was also arrested for attempting to poison his own wife and for poisoning his 10-year-old nephew, Samuel Cohen. Autopsies indicated the existence of arsenic in the stomachs of the deceased, a fact that led police to make arrests. Ida Brooks Cohen protested her innocence and insisted that the Cohens had not been poisoned, but had simply eaten some bad smearcase.

75 Years In The Forward

Robert Edward Edmondson, a well-known anti-Semitic leafleteer and member of the racist Black Legion organization, was arrested recently for criminal libel, as he spread racist literature against Jews. The office of New York City’s mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, sent the summons. In response, Edmondson said, “Just as LaGuardia is himself a radical Jew, he is hiding his own racism in attacking a purely patriotic movement.” Edmondson also said that he is not interested in violence and wants to solve the “Jewish problem” with the ballot box and not bullets as, he says, the communists are wont to do. Edmondson has printed thousands of anti-Semitic leaflets, claiming that they are produced with his own money. Prosecutors, however, say that the Black Legion has financial support from some people on Wall Street.

50 Years In The Forward

Yehiel Dinur, until now known only as only “K. Tzetnik,” a pseudonym meaning “concentration camp inmate,” collapsed while giving testimony at Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem. Dinur, best known for his book “House of Dolls,” was describing the torments of Auschwitz, when he collapsed. When asked why he called himself K. Tzetnik, he replied that in Auschwitz, “we were not people, we were only numbers.” Dinur had become increasingly agitated during his testimony, so much so that he wasn’t able to hear the judge’s instruction to answer the attorney’s questions without extra commentary.”

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