A reader’s guide to the Forward’s coverage of Bernie Madoff
Say what you will about Bernie Madoff, he made news. Given that his crimes had an inordinate effect on the Jewish world, the Forward was at the frontlines of much of the coverage. Here is a guide to some of our reporting on the infamous financier, who died in prison April 14 at the age of 82.
And we heard their voices.
As Madoff was convicted and his victims saw some justice, the culture at large remained rivetted by the cause célèbre. In 2009, we chronicled the many cultural responses. We later covered how offstage drama surrounding Elie Wiesel and the financier loomed over a play premiere. In theater and film, 2013 was the year of Madoff and in 2017, when Robert DeNiro played him on HBO, the daughter of two of his victims gave her review.
But in our reporting, the Forward found that for all his infamy, Madoff didn’t act alone.
Jews felt betrayed by Madoff. He insisted he didn’t betray them. But it’s impossible to betray someone from the outside. It’s undeniable that he was one of us.