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December 1, 2006

100 Years Agoin the forward

The ladies of Manhattan’s Lower East Side are once again agitating against the meat industry, protesting high prices and boycotting butcher shops. Particularly active are local residents Esther Dolbovsky and Rebecca Reznik, who have organized a number of protests. One butcher, of Brenner’s Butcher Shop, apparently took umbrage at the ladies’ suggestion that his prices were too high; he punched both of them in the face. After he returned to his shop, his wife came out and began viciously cursing and mocking the two protesters, who were still on the ground, nursing their wounds.

75 Years Agoin the forward

As the all-night shmooze session at Manhattan’s Café Royale, which is famous for its theatrical and literary clientele, was winding down last night, two young gunmen burst in at about 5 a.m., shouting, “Hands up, or we’ll shoot!” There were only a few patrons left in the restaurant, and the thieves only netted a few hundred dollars and some watches. Among the victims was the well-known waiter Peytshe, who lost all his tips from the previous evening — more than $100. The robbers were less successful with two Forward reporters, who only had a total of “$3 and change” and a pocket watch. Also victimized was actor Lazar Freed, who angered the gunmen after he showed them he had only $1. They let him keep it, but one of them punched him in the head.

Numerous Jewish students were wounded, one grievously, after they were attacked at Vienna University by student supporters of the German Nazi Party. Two of the injured received broken noses, and another suffered eye damage. The antisemitic riots at the university ceased briefly after police arrived, but they quickly spilled out of the university area and into the surrounding streets, where the Nazi students attacked Jewish passersby.

50 Years Agoin the forward

This week in Italy, 175 Egyptian Jews arrived after being expelled from Egypt. They described the horrific conditions they endured after being arrested by the Egyptian police. It was only due to the efforts of the Italian ambassador in Cairo that they were released. Because of the war between Egypt and Israel, Jewish schools and businesses have been closed and hundreds of Jews have been arrested as spies. Even Jews living in old-age homes have been arrested and imprisoned. The question of what will happen to the some 20,000 Jews still living in Egypt still remains.

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