Argentina’s “Tragic Week”

The first pogrom in the Americas took place during the Semana Trágica (“Tragic Week”) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which began on this date in 1919 when the army violently attacked metalworkers who had been on strike for decent working conditions. A general strike began two days later. Rightwing paramilitary groups began to hunt down union leaders, anarchists, […]

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January 12: A Boycott Against Irish Jews

A two-year boycott against the thirty-six Jewish families in Limerick, Ireland — most of them Lithuanian refugees from pogroms in the east — was launched with violence on this date in 1904, thanks to the incitements of a local priest, John Creagh, who preached from his pulpit that “Jews came to Limerick apparently the most […]

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December 26: The Warsaw Pogrom, 1881

Rioting against Jews in Warsaw entered its second of three days on this date in 1881, after a shout of “Fire!” in the Holy Cross Church on Christmas Day led to a stampede in which twenty-eight people died. A false rumor spread that a Jewish pickpocket had been apprehended in the church and had raised […]

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November 9: Kristallnacht

The Nazis inaugurated the two-day rampage against Jews, Jewish businesses and homes, and synagogues known as Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken Glass) in Germany, Austria, and the occupied part of Czechoslovakia on this date in 1938. The trigger was the November 7th assassination of Ernst von Rath, a German embassy official stationed in Paris, […]

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Zundl Grynszpan’s Meeting with Adolf Eichmann

From a Veteran Jewish Journalist’s Diary at the Eichmann Trial, 1961 by Itzhak Luden Translated from the Yiddish by Barnett Zumoff; published in Letste Nayes, April 27, 1961 “Juden raus!” (Jews, get out!) “Forsichtig — a tot-gefar.” (Be careful, danger of death.) “Forsichtig, Itsik” (Watch out, Jewboy.)   THE NIGHTMARE of those horrible days of […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers, Part 3

In Hebron by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. THE NIGHT BEFORE the Christian Peacemaker Team interfaith delegation left Jerusalem for the West Bank, a late-arriving Philadelphia delegate was detained at Ben Gurion airport. You could say he was targeted for “davening while black.” I first met Wilbur in 1994, when I’d moved […]

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