For­ward Look­ing Back

From the Ar­chives

Forward Magazine - - Culture -


First Chair: Child prodigy, Os­car Shum­sky, be­gan play­ing the vi­o­lin at the age of three. De­clared a ge­nius, the son of Rus­sian Jews made his New York de­but in 1934 and joined the NBC Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in 1939. Af­ter serv­ing in the U.S. Navy dur­ing World War II, Shum­sky re­turned and be­gan a teach­ing ca­reer that in­cluded Yale Univer­sity and the Juil­liard School. No­tably, Shum­sky’s vi­o­lin was a 1715 Stradi­var­ius once used by famed French vi­o­lin­ist, Pierre Rode.

100 Years Ago

Re­port­ing from Poland, Abra­ham Ca­han writes how an oth­er­wise in­tel­li­gent hotel­keeper in Kalisz mis­took him for an Amer­i­can Chris­tian. As a re­sult, the hotel­keeper spoke openly re­gard­ing Poland’s Jewish mi­nor­ity to some­one she didn’t know was Jewish. The con­ver­sa­tion started af­ter Ca­han men­tioned the large num­bers of poor Jews on the streets. “Don’t be­lieve them,” the hotel­keeper said. “Sure, you see a lot of Jewish beg­gars, but each one of them has tons of money.” Ca­han re­sponded: “But I saw women who were walk­ing in snow, al­most bare­footed. I saw a woman who wore half a shoe on one foot and none on the other.” The hotel­keeper smiled and replied: “That’s just for show. You don’t know these kikes; they’re a very crafty peo­ple. They’re good at busi­ness. Truth be told, they’re a very ca­pa­ble peo­ple. They know how to make money.”

75 Years Ago

About 12,000 peo­ple showed up to pay their last re­spects to Vladimir “Ze’ev” Jabotin­sky, who died Au­gust 4 while on a visit to Camp Be­tar in Hunter, New York. Founder of the Jewish Le­gion, famed or­a­tor and Zion­ist leader, Jabotin­sky was a fiery ac­tiv- ist who did things his own way, in­clud­ing cre­at­ing a break­away fac­tion within the Zion­ist move­ment. The side­walks and fire es­capes were packed, and the po­lice es­ti­mated that up to 30,000 peo­ple lined the route of the fu­neral pro­ces­sion. The fu­neral it­self took place ac­cord­ing to Jabotin­sky’s wish, and no eu­lo­gies were given. As a re­sult, the com­plete si­lence of the event made a deep and eerie im­pres­sion. Ev­ery­one there knew that he or she was bid­ding farewell to one of the most col­or­ful fig­ures in Jewish life since the begin­nings of mod­ern Jewish na­tion­al­ism.

50 Years Ago

The Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry has sent in­struc­tions to its am­bas­sadors who are posted in pow­er­ful coun­tries to con­vey a mes­sage em­pha­siz­ing the se­cu­rity is­sues their coun­try en­coun­ters due to the con­stant terror at­tacks that take place against them. The at­tacks, which have most of­ten been at­trib­uted to the Al-Fatah terror group, have come mainly via the coun­try of Jor­dan. Last Wed­nes­day’s at­tack near Jerusalem was one of six that oc­curred dur­ing the past month. Though the world pow­ers re­quest fre­quently that Is­rael prac­tice re­straint in these sit­u­a­tions, Is­rael will not con­tinue to sit on their hands.


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