Ezra Glinter is the editor of the new story anthology Have I Got a Story for You: More Than a Century of Fiction from The Forward. With the official book launch event, Ezra is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council as part of the Visiting Scribe series here on The ProsenPeople.
Among the most interest parts of the Forverts that I came across while researching Have I Got a Story for You: More Than a Century of Fiction from the Forward were the many front pages filled with headlines announcing the news of the day. Here are 12 that jumped out at me.
This headline brought Forverts readers news of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which killed 146 garment workers. The subhead reads, “The Entire Jewish Quarter Is In Grief.”
The 10-story building at 175 East Broadway that eventually housed the Forverts was considered to be the first “skyscraper” of the Lower East Side:
Meyer London, a European-born Jewish politician, was one of only two socialists ever elected to the United States House of Representatives. For the Forverts, it was a major triumph:
Socialist politician Eugene V. Deb didn’t win the presidency, but the Forverts did name their radio station after him, calling it WEVD:
This front page announces, in 1929, the construction of the Second Avenue Subway — a project finally coming to completion now (allegedly):
The Forverts reported the news from Europe closely, and the formation of the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact was naturally of grave concern:
When Germany invaded Poland, causing the outbreak of the Second World War, the Forverts reported it with appropriate alarm. The main headline on the page reads, “Nazi Armies Deep in Poland / Vilna, Warsaw, Lodzh Bombarded.”
The Doolittle Raid was the first American bombing of the Japanese Home Islands during the war, and retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor the previous December:
The founding of the State of Israel was naturally front-page news. The next day’s headline read, “America Recognizes the New Jewish State, Israel.”
News of the Six Day War naturally filled the Forverts’s pages, as it did that of newspapers around the world:
Although it was published in Yiddish, the Forverts covered much more than just “Jewish” news. Here it reports on Apollo 17, the last of NASA’s manned moon landings:
When its own writer won the world’s most prestigious literary prize, it’s no surprise that the Forverts put the news out front:
Ezra Glinter is The Forward’s deputy culture editor. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, and The Walrus. His biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
Ezra Glinter is a critic-at-large at the Forward. His writing has appeared in the New Republic, Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, and The Walrus. His biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe is forthcoming from Yale University Press.