Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Culture

Looking Back: January 18, 2013

100 Years Ago

1913 One of our local, homegrown Jewish gangsters from New York City’s East Side, Joseph Tablinsky, was arrested on the charge of horse thievery. Sam Bernstein, who owns a stable on Cherry Street, where two horses worth about $400 recently went missing, brought the charges. The horses were later found in Berish & Rosen’s Stables, in East Harlem, and had been brought there by another East Harlem horse trader, Sam Mait. When questioned by police, Mait stammered and wasn’t able to come up with a reasonable answer. The police arrested him and were led to Tablinsky, who was already known to them as the leader of a gang of horse poisoners and thieves. Tablinsky, for his part, claimed he wasn’t connected to this job, but the police still put him in the tombs, where he is currently sitting and waiting for someone to pay his $5,000 bail.

75 Years Ago

1938 Yiddish has officially been banned in Bessarabia, Romania. Romanian Premier Octavian Goga, whose anti-Semitic National Christian Party recently stripped Romanian Jews of their citizenship, has made conditions for Jews in the country especially onerous. Acting on orders of Goga, a local party chief ordered all Yiddish newspapers and schools closed and announced that no meetings in which Yiddish is spoken may be held. In addition, at least 600 Jews were expelled from Bessarabia. It is becoming increasingly evident that certain political parties in Eastern Europe are imitating the Nazis not only in the realm of nationalism, but with anti-Semitism, as well.

50 Years Ago

1963 Donald Branch, a 26-year-old municipal employee of the City of Miami, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of bombing the home of the Miami Herald’s editor, Don Shoemaker. Branch, who police discovered to have had a trove of neo-Nazi paraphernalia and literature in his home, was arrested last year for trying to dynamite Miami’s Anshe Emes synagogue, a plot that was foiled when an undercover agent substituted Branch’s dynamite sticks with duds. The American Nazi Leader George Rockwell, who visited Miami last year, disavowed any connection to Branch or to the other neo-Nazis in his cohort.

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    SKY & SCULPTURE

    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.