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June 17, 2011

100 Years Ago In The Forward

When Brooklyn resident Lina Schwartz, opened her door in the middle of the night to find Michael Sanducci asking where he could find her daughter, Tessie, she angrily told him what she had said many times before: “Leave my daughter alone.” But Sanducci refused to leave and Schwartz pushed the young man out the front door. Furious, Sanducci pulled out a pistol and started shooting. One of the bullets ricocheted off the sidewalk and hit Schwartz in the leg. A nearby policeman who heard the shots came running and caught Sanducci, who was trying to escape. Schwartz, who was not critically wounded, was taken to the hospital.

75 Years Ago In The Forward

The Polish government is working on a plan to get rid of the country’s Jews by forcing them to immigrate. According to the Polish Socialist Party newspaper Robotnik, the government is planning on instituting a new economic plan so devastating to the Jews that it would make them do whatever they could to leave the country, immigrating especially to various countries in South America. According to the report, Polish government officials are working with Brazil to organize that country’s absorption of 100,000 Jews per year. In this way, Poland will be rid of its 3 million Jews within 30 years. For its part, the Polish government claims that it seeks immigration solutions not only for Jews, but also for all Poles.

50 Years Ago In The Forward

State Department officials said they are doing their best to deal with the discrimination suffered by Jews working on American Army bases in Saudi Arabia. This reply was given in response to a protest lodged by Seymour Halpern, an American congressman whose plane was not permitted to land on the base in Saudi Arabia because he is a Jew. While State Department officials said that they find the policy of banning Jews “disgraceful” and “scandalous,” there is little they can do about it. “If we try to force them to change their policy,” one official said, “they will kick us out of there.”


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