Battle of Cassano, 27 April 1799
The battle of Cassano (27 April 1799) was an Austro-Russian victory outside Milan that saw them force their way across the River Adda, making the fall of the city inevitable.
At the start of the War of the Second Coalition the French and Austrians had faced each other across the Adige River, but the French suffered two defeats while attempting to capture Verona (battle of Verona, 26 March 1799 and battle of Magnano, 5 April 1799), and were forced to retreat towards Milan. General Schérer was replaced by Moreau, whose first task was to defend the line of the Adda River.
In mid April General Kray's Austrians were joined by Field Marshal Suvorov's Russians, and the Allied army advanced west towards the Adda and Milan. The French were spread out along a very long front, from Lecco to Pizzighettone close to the Po, and the defeats on the Adige meant that Moreau only had 27,000 men, while the Allies had around 50,000 men free to move west.
Fighting began on 26 April at Lecco, between the south eastern tip of Lake Como (also known as Lake Lecco at this point) and Lake Garlate. A Russian force under Peter Bagration managed to cross the river but was then held up by the French garrison under General Soyez. After several hours Bagration was ordered to move south to Brivio, at the southern of Lake Garlate, where an Austrian force under General Vukassovich had already crossed the river.
The main Allied attack came on 27 April, at Trezzo and Cassano d'Adda. Three Allied divisions were concentrated at San Gervasio, opposite Trezzo (One Russian division under Franz Fürst Rosenberg and two Austrian divisions under Generals Zopf and Ott). On the night of 26-27 April Allied engineers built a pontoon bridge over the river, and on the next day the three divisions crossed the river and began to push back Grenier's division. Later in the day General Victor arrived with reinforcements, but he was unable to stop the Allied advance, and by the end of the afternoon the French were forced to retreat back towards Milan.
Further south an Austrian force under Michael Freiherr von Melas was held up by the 106th Demibrigade, which was defending Cassano on the western bank of the river. Only when Field Marshal Suvorov arrived to watch the fighting were the Austrians able to push the French out of their entrenched positions at Cassano.
The Allies were now across the river on a fifteen mile long front, from Brivio in the north to Cassano in the south. Most of the French army was retreating back towards Milan, but Sérurier's division was left behind at Paderno (between Brivio and Trezzo). On the day after the battle Sérurier was surrounded and was forced to surrender to General Vukassovich.
The Austrians and Russians suffered 4,886 casualties at Cassano (761 dead, 2,913 wounded and 1,212 prisoners). The French lost at least 5,000 men, while some estimates go as high as 6,900. Although most of the French army thus escaped intact, Moreau was unable to hold Milan, and on 29 April the Allies captured the city.
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Medan general Napoleon Bonaparte ledde ett fälttåg till Egypten inledde den andra koalitionen en invasion av det av Frankrike ockuperade Italien. Divisionsgeneral Barthélemy Schérer utkämpade oavgjorda strider mot österrikarna vid Pastrengo, Verona och Legnago 26 mars 1799. Fältmarskalklöjtnant (FML) Pál Kray och hans österrikare besegrade Schérer vid slaget vid Magnano 4 april, vilket tvingade den franska armén att retirera. Schérers försök att hålla linjerna vid floderna Mincio och Oglio misslyckades när en österrikisk styrka ledd av FML Josef Vukasović överflyglade honom i norr. Schérer valde därefter att lämna över befälet till divisionsgeneral Victor Moreau. Österrikes ryska allierade, ledda av fältmarskalk Aleksandr Suvorov, anlände snart till krigsskådeplatsen.
När Suvorov anslöt sig till den allierade armén tog han över befälet från Kray, och det högsta österrikiska befälet övertogs av kavallerigeneralen Michael von Melas vid hans ankomst. Kray gavs uppdraget att inta befästningen vid Mantua, medan Melas och Suvorov förföljde fransmännen. Belägringen av Mantua varade från april till garnisonens kapitulation 28 juli.
Battle of Cassano, 27 April 1799 - History
The War of the 2nd Coalition The Second Coalition starts with the organisation on 24th december 1798 by Czar Paul I of Russia and ends with the Peace of Lunéville on 9th of february 1801 (with Britain: Amiens on 27th march 1802).
Members of the 2nd Coalition: Russia, Britain, Austria, Ottoman Empire, Portugal, Naples, Vatican.
The 2nd Coalition War has the following campaigns:
- Italian Campaign of 1799: November 1798 (French under Joubert overrun Piedmont) until 4th of november 1799 (Melas defeats Championnet and the French are driven back across the Alps).
- Campaign in Switzerland of 1799: March 1799 (French under Masséna march into Vorarlberg and Grisons) until October 1799 (Suvorov’s retreat over the St. Gotthard Pass).
- Netherlands Campaign of 1799: August 1799 (Duke of York’s troops invade the Netherlands) until 18th august 1799 (Convention of Alkmaar).
- Italian Campaign of 1800 (Napoleon’s 2nd Italian Campaign): 6th of april 1800 (start of the Austrian offensive) until 15th of june 1800 (Armistice of Alessandria).
- German Campaign of 1800: may 1800 (start of the french offensive under Moreau) until 9th of february 1801 (Peace of Lunéville).
1799/03/21 Battle of Osterach Austrian victory
1799/03/25 1st Battle of Stockach Austrian victory
|Troops:||35000 (11), 40000 (12)||60000 (11&12)|
|Losses:||Total 5000 (12)|
1799/04/05 Battle of Magnano French victory
1799/04/27 Battle of Cassano Russian/Austrian victory
1799/05/25 Engagement of Frauenfeld French victory
|Losses:||KIA 228 (10) |
WIA 549 (10)
|KIA 742 (10) |
WIA 1421 (10)
Prisoners 2986 (10)
1799/06/04 – 1799/06/07 1st Battle of Zürich Austrian victory
|Losses:||Total “heavily” (12)||Total 3000 (12)|
1799/07/17 – 1799/07/19 Battle at the Trebbia Russian/Austrian victory
|Losses:||Total 8000 (12)||Total 12000 (12)|
1799/08/14 Action of Zürich Austrian victory
This action is very seldom mentioned in the books. It is not one of the two commonly cited battles of Zürich (see above and beneath).
1799/08/15 Battle of Novi Russian/Austrian victory
|Troops:||40000 (11), 59000 (12)||50000 (11), 68000 (12)|
|Losses:||KIA&WIA 6500 (12) |
Prisoners 4000 (12)
|Total 8000 (12)|
Death of Joubert.
1799/09/19 1st Battle of Bergen French victory
Was better known as the battle of Bergen (officially, there were 2 villages, Bergen and Bergen-aan-Zee, the battle mostly being fought and decided in the centre of the village of Bergen proper)
1799/09/25 Action at the Teufelsbrücke French victory
1799/09/25 – 1799/09/26 2nd Battle of Zürich French victory
|Troops:||60000 (11)||63000 (11)|
|Losses:||KIA 2000 (12) |
Prisoners 5000 (12)
|Total 5000 (12)|
1799/10/02 2nd Battle of Bergen (Battle of Alkmaar) British/Russian victory
Was best known as the battle of Egmont-aan-Zee or Egmont-op-Zee. The result of the battle was that the British and Russians could occupy Alkmaar 2 days later, but Alkmaar itself was never fought in or over.
1799/10/06 Battle of Castricum French victory
1800/03/02 2nd Battle of Stockach French victory
1800/04/19 – 1800/06/04 Siege of Genoa Austrian victory
Some sources claim the beginning of this siege as the 1799/11/04.
Ott is often referred as “Von Ott.”
1800/05/03 3rd Battle (Action) of Stockach French victory
|Losses:||Total 4000 (12)|
1800/05/05 Battle of Möskirch French victory
|Losses:||Total 3500 (12)||Total 5000 (12)|
1800/05/16 Battle of Ulm French victory
1800/06/09 Battle of Montebello French victory
|Troops:||6000(at the beginning)-12000 (12)||17000 (12)|
|Losses:||Total 500 (12)||Total 4000 (12)|
The initially 6000 French under Lannes were reinforced by the another 6000 of Victor’s Division.
1800/06/14 Battle of Marengo French victory
|Troops:||23700 – 28000 (1), 28000 (11) , 24000 (12)||31000 (1&11&12)|
|Losses:||Total 5835 (3), 7000 (1&12)||Total 9402 (3), 14000 (1&12)|
At 4.00 pm the battle seemed to be won by the Austrians. But thanks to the reinforcements of the French led Desaix, France won the battle. The battle has a lot of similarities with Waterloo. One of the most vital battles for Napoleon.
This Day, April 27, In Jewish History by Mitchell A and Deb Levin Z"L
399 BCE: Socrates drank hemlock as he carried out the death penalty that had been imposed on him by the government. For centuries to come some Jews would study Socrates and other Greeks, in many cases trying to find a harmony between Judaism and Greek philosophy. Other Jews would view Socrates and the other Greeks as the mortal enemies of Judaism and go so far as to attempt to officially ban the study of their works.
711: Tarik, a Moslem general attacked southern Spain from a place known as Jebel Tarik or Gibraltar. He soon defeated Roderic, last of the Visigoth kings, at the Battle of Xeres. Tarik was helped by both the Jews and the rebel Prince Witiza. After each city was conquered - Cordova, Granada, and Malaga - the Jews were often given positions of safeguarding Moslem interests.
1220(4 th of Iyar): Today after having responded “negatively” to “an ultimatum by the provincial council, held at Osney Abbey, charged with applying the Lateran decrees in England, that he must abandon his faith, Haggai of Oxford, formerly Robert of Reading, who had converted to Judaism from Christianity and married a Jewish wife in the Oxford Jewry “was burnt alive at the stake at the entrance to Osney Abbey.” (As reported by the Oxford Chabad Society)
1296: During the First War of Scottish Independence, King Edward I defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar. The first written evidence of their presence dates from the last decade of the 12 th century. However, nobody is sure when Jews first arrived in the land of Kilts and Pipes. King Edward had already issued his edict of expulsion six years before the battle and it is thought that some of the Jews fleeing his realm went north to Scotland.
1495: Birthdate Suleiman the Magnificent, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire one of the most philo-Semitic rulers in history. He built the walls around Jerusalem that impress tourists to this day. He intervened with Pope to protect the Jews of Ancona. He provided a haven for the Sephardim and Marranos fleeing the Inquisition. He intervened on behalf of Dona Garcia and her nephew Joseph Nassi, bringing them to his capital from a Venetian captivity. Nassi became a close advisor to the Sultan. In 1564, the aging Ottoman leader gave Nassi the city of Tiberias so that Jewish refugees from Europe would have a place to settle. And that is just the tip of the iceberg!
1509: As part of what was really a temporal and not a religious dispute with the Doge, Pope Julius II places the Italian state of Venice under interdict. Fortunately for the Jews of his days, Julius was more concerned about art (he was the one who Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel) and power politics as can be seen with his on-going political and military confrontation with the Doge of Venice, among others. His lack of theology concerns meant that the Jews enjoyed a period of benign Papal neglect. Furthermore, Julius II employed a Jew named Samuel Sarfatti as his personal physician. Life for the Jews living in Venice at this time was becoming increasingly precarious. Three years before this, several Jews died in violence brought on by a “blood libel” and seven years at this, the Jews would be confined to Ghetto Nuova an island containing a foundry (geto in Italian) which made it the original Ghetto.
1584: Sir Walter Raleigh dispatched an expedition to explore the area of the Atlanta Coast around Roanoke Island that probably included Joachim Gans, which made “Gans the first recorded Jew in Colonial America.”
1607: As the Inquisition took action against “Jorge de Almedia, a Portuguese residing in Mexico, the prosecuting attorney renewed the motion that he be adjudged in contumaciam (in contempt)
1667: The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of “Paradise Lost” for 㾶. According to Elliot Rosenberg, “Milton wrote as Puritan in the England of Cromwell’s heritage, and from a Jewish perspective he was a good man. He respected the Hebrew Bible, read it each morning until his vision failed, and as he aged, turned more and more to the precepts of Mosaic law. In his more worldly capacity as Cromwell’s’ Latin secretary, he may had had a hand in the negations that led to the return of Jews to England.”
1678: Spanish born Dutch-Jewish printer Joseph b. Abraham Athias “ succeeded, through a Jewish agent of the Polish crown in Holland, Simon by name, in gaining still more favorable protection from the Council of the Four Lands at their meeting today in Lublin,
1694: August II, the ruler whom Naphtali Cohen would go to in an attempt “to secure reinstatement in his former rabbinate at Posen” began his reign as Elector of Saxony. His rise to power was facilitated by his “court Jew” and financier Issachar Berend Lehmann. August II was a contemporary of the Besht who was making his public personna known at about the same time as the Polish King passed away.
1727: Empress Catherine I ordered the expulsion of all Jews from the Ukraine.
1737: Birthdate of English historian Edward Gibbon, author of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. In an attempt to blame Jews for anti-Semitism at least one writer has claimed that Gibbon wrote “ that, while Jews were populous in Rome and suspected and resented by the Romans, Nero’s Jewish wife, the beautiful Poppaea Sabina, probably incited him, as a convert to her Judaism, against a relatively obscure sect, the Christians. Nero’s accusation that they had set the fires that ravaged Rome began centuries of Roman persecution of Christians.” However, in Chapter XV: Progress Of The Christian Religion. -- Part II of Gibbon’s classic, the historian seems to paint a picture of a Christianity’s efforts to distance itself from “Mosaic” doctrine when convenient and adopting its own version when it felt it would advance its cause.
1773: In an attempt to save the British East India Company whose first and only Jewish director was Joseph Salvador and whose records showed “that Jewish traders controlled virtually the entire World diamond traffic by the end of the 18 th century,” today Parliament passed the “Tea Act” which gave it a monopoly on the sale of the brown liquid in North America.
1764: In Amsterdam, Haham Moses Cohen d’Azevedo, the Amsterdam born son of Daniel David Cohen d'Azevedo and Sara Cohen d'Azevedo and his wife and Sara de Haham Moses Cohen D'Azevedo gave birth to Benjamin Cohen D’Azevedo
1781: Charleston merchant and Revolutionary War veteran Marks Lazarus and Rachel De Torres gave birth to Rachel Lazarus.
1783: In Rheinpalz, Germany Johanna and Abraham Rubel gave birth to Mayer Rubel the husband of Regina Ehrma and father of Sabina, Reuben, Esther Abraham and Joseph Rubel.
1796: In London, Hanna Montefiore and Judah Moses Ancona gave birth to Sarah Ancona.
1796(19th of Nisan 5556): The Jewish community of Fossano, Italy was miraculously saved from the hands of a murderous mob by a French bomb which landed just in time to scare away the attackers. This day was established as "Purim Fossano" in commemoration of the miraculous salvation.
For the complete story, see Purim Fossano
1798: In the Netherlands, Abraham Benjamin Cohen, the son “of Benjamin Jonas Cohen-Amesfoort and Eva Jacob Cohen” and Eva Gompertz gave birth to Henri Theodor Cohen.
1799(22 nd of Nisan, 5559): Eighth Day of Pesach Yizkor
1799: As Jews munched on their Matzah for the last time in the 18 th century, during the “War of the Second Coalition, Austrian and Russian forces under the command of Alexander Suvorov defeated the French army lead by Jean Moreau at the Battle of Cassano d’Adda in Lombardy which is now part of modern day of Italy.
1801: In Warrenton, NC, Norwalk, CT native Rebecca Mears Myers and Philadelphia native Jacob Mordecai who were married in 1798 gave birth to George Washington Mordecai who married Margaret Cameron in 1853.
1802: Birthdate of London native and Amsterdam attorney Samuel Philippus Lipman who converted to Roman Catholicism in 1852.
1803(5 th of Iyar, 5563): London born jeweler’s apprentice Abraham Wagg, the hold of “a seat in the Great Synagogue who because a successful grocer and chocolate manufacturer in New York where he married Rachel Gomez, a member of the wealthy, prominent Sephardi family with whom he had ten children passed away today in the United Kingdom to which he had returned because he was a Loyalist during the American Revolution
1815: In Charleston, SC, David Nunes Carvalho and Judith Henriques Carvalho gave birth to Emanuel Nunes Carvalho.
1819: Isaac Harby’s “third and last play, ‘Alberti’” opened today at Charleston Theater in Charleston, SC.
1820: Birthdate of Herbert Spencer, the English biologist who coined the term “Survival of the Fittest” which he took from the world of biology and applied it to world of human social development. This concept stands in stark contrast with the Jewish concept of creating a society that calls for us to protect “the widow, the orphan and the stranger in our midst” i.e. the weakest
1821: Sarah Mocatta and David Abarbanel Lindo gave birth to Leah David Lindon.
1821: Today, when the Greek Patriarch Gregory, head of the Greek Orthodox Church had been publicly executed, the Turkish Grand Vizier Benderli Ali Pasha was reportedly to have said to the Jews present, "Here hangs your enemy and ours."
1821(25 th of Nisan, 5581): Hungarian historian and poet Solomon Löwisohn passed away today.
1822: Birthdate of U.S. Grant, “savior of the Union” and President of the United States. Grant did issue the infamous Order #10. But at the same time, he had Jewish political allies, was a voluntary contributor to the building for Adas Israel, the famous congregation in Washington, D.C. the dedication of which he attended. A majority of Jews supported Grant’s election as President and this eulogy by Felix Adler adds additional proof to the fact that Grant’s Jewish contemporaries did not view him as an anti-S
1824: At “York Place Queens Elm, Sophia and Nathaniel Levy gave birth to Elizabeth Levy.
1826(20 th of Nisan, 5586): Sixth Day of Pesach
1826(20 th of Nisan, 5586): Seventy-one year old Austrian rabbi and author Eleazar ben David Fleckeles, author of “Olat Hodesh” passed away today in his hometown of Prague.
1827: This evening in Charleston, SC, Rabbi S.C. Peixotto officiated at the wedding of Rosina Florance, the daughter of Dr. Florance to Dr. Audler of Augusta, GA.
1829: In Bavaria, Zidone Wald and Joseph Hackes gave birth to Yetta Hackes, the wife of Louis Stix whom she married at Cincinnati in 1852 and with whom she had ten children.
1829: In Baden, Germany, Max Oppenheimer and his second wife Sarah gave birth to Zacharias Oppenheimer who was named in honor of Max’s father.
1832: One day after he had passed away “Feivel bar Abraham” was buried today at the “Brady Street Jewish Cemetery.”
1832: Benjamin Disraeli met his future wife “Mary Anne Wyndham Lewis at a soiree at Bulwer Lytton’s house today” a meeting which he described : 'I was introduced by particular desire to Mrs Wyndham Lewis, a pretty little woman, a flirt and a rattle, indeed gifted with volubility I should think unequalled and of which I can convey no idea. She told me she liked silent, melancholy men. I answered that I had no doubt of it.'
1835: Founding of the 11 th Regiment of the New York State Militia which was commanded by Colonel Joachim Maidhof when it went off to fight in the Civil War
1837(22 nd of Nisan, 5597): Eighth Day and final day of Pesach observed for the first time in the Presidency of Martin Van Buren.
1838: A huge fire destroyed the synagogue in Charleston, S.C. Moses C. Levy, who had been worshipping there for forty years, rushed to synagogue in an attempt to save the Torah scrolls. According to an eyewitness account, he was overcome by inconsolable grief at the sight of the conflagration.
1842: In Sydney, Australia, “Samuel and Rachel (Nathan) Cohen gave birth to London educated, Australian businessman George Judah Cohen who after inheriting a portion of the fortune of his uncle David Lewis pursued a series of philanthropies while serving as Vice President of Sydney’s Great Synagogue and raised a family with his wife Rebecca Levy.
1843: In Bratislava, David and Karoline Wottitz gave birth to Moritz Wottitz.
1845(20 th of Nisan, 5605): Sixth Day of Pesach
1845(20th of Nisan): Rabbi Ezekiel Panet, author of “Mareh Yehezkel” passed away today
1846: Birthdate of Baltimore native Martin Emrich who in 1887 moved to Chicago where he was a successful businessman and Democrat Party activist who was elected to the House of Representatives for one term.
1856(22 nd of Nisan, 5616): Eighth Day and final day of Pesach observed on the birth day of the Tongzhi Emperor, “the tenth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty.
1857: Establishment of Jewish congregations in Lower Austria prohibited.
1857: It was reported today that Baron Rothschild attended an auction on Rue Druot where he expressed a dismissive view of the items being offered.
1859(23rd of Nisan, 5619): Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, English financier and the first Jewish baronet passed away. “Born in London on Jan. 13, 1778 “he was the son of Asher Goldsmid, and nephew of Benjamin and Abraham Goldsmid, the financiers. Educated at an English school in Finsbury square, he received a sound financial training in the technicalities of his father's business of bullion-broking. At a later period his association with Ricardo made him familiar with the leading questions of political science. He became in due course a partner in the firm of Mocatta & Goldsmid, bullion-brokers to the Bank of England and to the East India Company. His early ventures on the Stock Exchange were unfortunate, and, after losing on one occasion 㾼,000, he abandoned speculation and contented himself with steady business as a jobber. Goldsmid gradually rose to eminence as a financier, and ultimately amassed a large fortune. His most extensive financial operations were connected with Portugal, Brazil, and Turkey and for his services in settling an intricate monetary dispute between Portugal and Brazil he was, in 1846, created Baron de Palmeira by the Portuguese government. Goldsmid was one of the founders of the London Docks. The main effort of his life was made in the cause of Jewish emancipation. He was the first English Jew who took up the question, and he enlisted in its advocacy the leading Whig statesmen of the time. Soon after the passing of the Act of 1829, which removed the civil disabilities of the Roman Catholics, he secured the powerful aid of Lord Holland, the Marquis of Lansdowne, the Duke of Sussex, and other eminent members of the Liberal party, and then induced Robert Grant to introduce in the House of Commons a similar measure for the Jews. During more than two years from the time when Jewish emancipation was first debated in Parliament, Goldsmid gave little heed to his ordinary business, devoting himself almost exclusively to the advancement of the cause. He was one of the chief agents in the establishment of University College, London, purchasing at his own risk the site of the university. Goldsmid was a liberal supporter of the Reform synagogue and of all Jewish institutions (As reported by the Jewish Encyclopedia)
1860: In Vilna, Lithuania, Aaron Hourwich, a well-educated bank employee and his wife Rebecca Shevelevich gave birth to Isaac Aaronvich Hourwich the lawyer, economist and statistician who fought for social reform in both the United States in Russia and who was the husband of Louise Joffe.
1862: Birthdate of Rudolph Schildkraut, the son of Constantinople hotel owners who grew up on Romania before moving to Austria where he pursued a career as an actor before moving to United States in the 1920’s.
1864(21 st of Nisan, 5624): Seventh Day of Pesach
1864: As Jews munched their Matzahs, Union Armies under Meade and Sherman broke camp and headed South to start General Grant’s national campaign designed to crush the Confederate Armies under General Lee and General Johnston which he knew was the key to ending the Civil War.
1865(1 st of Iyar, 5625): Rosh Chodesh Iyar
1865: In San Bernardino, CA, Isaac H. Levy and Johanna Gans gave birth to Meyer H. Levy, a member of numerous Jewish communal organizations including the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Home Society, the husband of Rose Anita Harris and the author of “numerous reports and articles pertaining to the Jewish charities of San Francisco.”
1865: The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state’s land grant university. According to recent figures, Cornell has 13,800 undergrads, 5000 of whom are a Jewish. It has 3000 graduate students of whom approximately 500 are Jewish. The school offers sixteen courses in Jewish Studies. Students may major or minor in the subject.
1865: “April 27, 1865” by Emma Lazarus
1866: As another sign of how it has changed from a medical facility for indigent Jews to a community hospital, Officer Milcahy sent Herman Deutch to the Jews' Hospital after he had been stabbed with a carpenter’s chisel during a drunken brawl with Rudolph Schriever.
1866: In New York City, Levi Morris was arrested today on charges that he had attempted to leave the store of David Valentine &Co with three pieces of silk, valued at more than sixty dollars, for which he had not paid.
1866: Fromental Halevy’s grand opera, “Charles VI” was performed for the first time in Batavia, Indonesia.
1867(22 nd of Nisan, 5627): Eighth Day of Pesach
1867: At the Crystal Palace in London, first performance of Piano Concerto [No.2] in E flat, Op.89 composed Julius Benedict, the Stuttgart, Germany born “son of a Jewish Banker.
1868: Mlle. Janauschek gave a performance of "Deborah" tonight at the Academy in New York City where "she presented her enthusiastic conception of the ideal Hebrew maiden."
1869: In New York, Jacob Harris and his wife gave birth to composer and conductor Victor Harris, the husband of the former Catherine L. Richardson and the father of Cecilia, Victor, David and Mary Harris.
1870: In Prasnysz, Poland, Amalie Grinberg, the daughter of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and Henrietta (Gütel) Kalischer and her husband of Moritz Grünberg gave birth to Nataly Grünberg
1875: Birthdate of Louisville, KY, native and architect William G. Tachau who as partner in the firm of Pilcher and Tachau designed Mikveh Israel, Gratz College and Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning all of which were located in Philadelphia.
1880: Obituary of Joseph Seligman expressed surprise at his sudden death and recounted his distinguished career.
1880 Birthdate of Russian born Rabbi Leon Album, the University of Chicago and Stanford University alum who was the husband of Amelia Album with whom he raised two children – Selma and Manuel Album, the “dentist who was a pioneer in the care of children and the handicapped.”
1881: Benjamin J and Eliza (Cohn) Goldsmith gave birth to Cornell undergrad and Columbia trained attorney Irving Islington Goldsmith who rose to the rank of 1 st Lt. while serving with the U.S. Army in WW I and who was a partner in the Saratoga Springs, NY law firm of Schwartz, Slade, Harrington and Goldsmith
1881: A Pogrom began in Elisabethgrad
1881: Yesterday and todays attacks on the Jews of Kiev “were encouraged by the authorities” and “the promoters of the persecution of the Jews” acted with “impunity.” (As described by the Vienna correspondent for the London Telegraph)
1882: “More Room for Patients” published today described the remodeling project at Mount Sinai Hospital.
1882: Samuel Ellis, the husband of Esther Aarons, was buried today at the “Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery.”
1884: Jesse Seligman, the President of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society, gave his report at today’s annual meeting. According to Seligman, the asylum served 361 boys and that the institution had total assets of almost three hundred thousand dollars.
1885(12 th of Iyar, 5645): Seventy-one-year-old English “engineer and politician” Jacob d’Aguilar Samuda, the “younger son of Abraham Samuda” and brother of Jacob Samuda with whom he formed Samuda Brothers and who was both an MP and the husband Louisa Samuda with whom he had one daughter, Ada, passed away today.
1885: In New York, a jury was chosen to hear the case in which Ferdinand Mayer, a Jewish businessman is charged with having committed perjury and is represented by Albert Cardozo.
1886(22nd of Nisan, 5646): 8 th day of Pesach
1886: In St. Louis Yetta and Samuel Goldman gave birth to Leo Goldman, the father of Celia, Benjamin, Freda, Helen and Morris Goldman.
1887: Certificates of incorporation for a Talmud Torah in Brooklyn were filed in the County Clerk’s office.
1889: In the Ukraine “Joseph Yussel Handelman and Dobrish (Dora) Handelman” gave birth to Abraham Handlelman, the husband of Anna (Boorstein( Handelman with whom he had two children – Lillian and Arnold
1890: “Mr. Delaney’s Little Scheme” published today described efforts by of one of the incumbent Tax Commissioners to thwart the plans of Mayor Nathan Barnett, the city’s first Jewish mayor, to appoint a new person to the position.
1890: Based on testimony given to the sub-committee of the Joint Congressional Committee on Immigration it was reported today of the 25,000 Jewish immigrants who have come to the United States, 17,000 were Russians and Poles. There are approximately 500,000 Jews living in the United States of whom 130,000 reside in New York City.
1890: In New York City, Israel Bella Epstein Unterberg gave birth to Mabel Unterberg who became Mabel Unterberg Nathan when she married Edgard Joshua Nathan
1890: The Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society held its annual meeting today.
1890: Henry Seligman was re-elected President at today’s annual meeting of the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society. Seligman delivered the society’s 67 th annual report which included the information that the Asylum had cared for 559 youngsters in the past year.
1891(19 th of Nisan, 5651): Fifty-eight year old Rabbi Joachim Oppenheim, the husband of Helen Pund and the father of Berthold Oppenheim passed away today in Berlin.
1894(21 st of Nisan, 5654): Seventh Day of Pesach
1894: A circular describing the dangers of consumption and providing about ways to avoid contracting is being printed in several different languages, including Hebrew, in an attempt to reach New York’s large immigrant population
1896(14 th of Iyar, 5656): Pesach Sheni
1896: “A Large Betrothal Reception” published today described the engagement party held for Lucien Bonehur and Ameila Simon. Bonehour is the President of the Young Ladies and Gentlemen’s League of the Montefiore Home, Vice President of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association and Manager of the Educational Fair. He is also the nephew of Rosa Bonheur, the famous painter. Miss Simon is the Secretary of the Young Ladies and Gentlemen’s League of the Montefiore Home.
1897: Birthdate of New York native Noel Nathaniel Moscovitch who gained fame as movie actor Noel Madison.
1897: “Jews Barred from Romania” published today described a reported given to the U.S. State Department “that the government of Romania has prohibited the entry of Jews into that country.”
1898: B. Albert Lieberman was commissioned as 2 nd Lt. in the 3 rd Missouri Infantry.
1899: Eleven months after being mustered into U.S. Service, the 4 th Virginia Volunteer Infantry whose members included Corporal William D Kahn from Phoebus, Private Julius T. Lansberg from Norfolk and Captain Bernard W Solomonsky from Norfolk was mustered out of U.S. Service.
1899: Reverend Madison C. Peters, the author of Justice to the Jews, The Wit and Wisdom of the Talmud and The Jew as a Patriot defended himself against the accusations leveled against him by Lionel de R. Cohen of London
1899: In “Dr. Peters Advised to Study” published today Frances Freda praises Lionel de R. Cohen’s negative comments about the views of Reverend Madison Peters
1900 Dr. Maurice H. Harris, the Rabbi at Temple Israel in Harlem released a letter today “to the Jewish press of America” in which he calls attention to the fifty million people starving in India during its latest famine using words that paraphrases Pirke Avot --“The time is short, the work is great, the necessity is urgent we ae not expect to finsh the work but we are not exempt from doing our share” – and then ends by asking for each person to contribute “two dollars which will save a life until harvest.”
1901: On Shabbat, Rabbi Henry Pereira Mendes delivered a sermon at Shearith Israel in which he described the work of the Alliance Israelite Universelle.
1902: Henry Rice and other officers of the United Hebrew Charities expressed their confidence that members of the Jewish community would raise the $50,000 necessary to match the $50,000 gift from William Guggenheim. Guggenheim’s contribution is contingent on the UHC raising a similar amount.
1902: The New York Times reports that macaroons, an Italian delicacy, have become quite popular during the Passover holiday with Jews living on the Lower East Side
1903(1st of Iyar, 5663): Rosh Chodesh Iyar
1903: Samuel Dort, Grand Master of the Order of Brith Abraham presided over a mass held this evening in the synagogue at 316 East Fourth Street in New York “to protest against the massacre of the Jews in Kishinev Russia last week.”
1904: Mr. and Mrs. Rogers Pinner gave birth to Karl Pinner
1905(22 nd of Nisan, 5665): Eighth and final day of Pesach
1905: Birthdate of Aiken, SC native Anna G. Efron
1906: As Russia prepares to live under a new “Fundamental Law” or Constitution, it was reported today that a coalition of Russians, Letts, Estonians and Jews had combined to defeat the German landowners seeking to become electors from the Baltic Provinces proving that politics does indeed make for strange bedfellows.
1907: On the day after the dissolution of Klauber, Horn and Company, Samuel David Klauber formed Klauber Brothers and Company which made no profits in its first six months of operation at which time Kaluber passed away.
1908(26 th of Nisan, 5668): Fifty-five year old Jacob Voorsanger, the native of the Netherlands who has been serving as the rabbi at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El since 1889 passed away today.
1908: Freud's early followers met together formally for the first time at the Hotel Bristol, Salzburg
1909: Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown and is succeeded by his brother - Mehemed V. Sultan Abdul Hamid II is famous for his refusal to allow Dr. Theodore Herzl, the founder of Political Zionism, to settle Palestine with Jewish colonists. But this does not mean that he was unsympathetic to his Jewish subjects or that Jews were kept from settling in other parts of Turkey. Abdul Hamid II was born in 1842 and died in 1918. During his reign, Turkey was defeated in a war with the Russians. As a result of the Treaty of Berlin, the Turks lost a substantial amount of their holdings in the Balkans. This triggered a migration of Turks and Jews into the remaining lands of the Ottoman Empire. Abdul Hamid made plans for an influx 200,000 Jewish immigrants from Russia. Jews played an ever more active role in Turkish affairs. Several Jewish leaders played prominent roles in the Parliament. Turkish Jews participated in special festivities celebrating the 400th anniversary of their arrival from Spain. After the Alfred Dreyfus case, Herzl made three visits to Turkey (1898, 1901 and 1903) in attempt to see the Sultan. It was on his third voyage that he was finally granted one through the intervention of the Chief Rabbi, Moshe Levy. The Sultan received him and Herzl tried to obtain a Jewish homeland under the protection of the Sultan under the same statutes as the Island of Crete.
1909(6th of Iyar, 5669): Heinrich Conried, the Austrian born theatrical manager who became director of the Metropolitan Opera passed away today.
1909: It was reported today that “The executors of the estate of the late Louis A. Heinsheimer of the banking house of Kuhn, Loeb Co., 52 William Street, will hold a conference in the near future to discuss whether it is possible to make available the $1,000,000 that Mr. Heinsheimer willed to six Jewish benevolent institutions on the condition that those institutions shall form a confederation.”
1910: “Supreme Court Justice Greenbaum, Jacob H. Schiff, the banker Cyrus L. Sulzberger, President of the United Hebrew Charities Dr. L. Rosenberg, Superintendent of the Bedford Sanitarium, and Dr. Maurice Fishberg united tonight at the Educational Alliance in East Broadway in urging the people of the lower east side to move out of that section if they wished to escape the menace of tuberculosis.:
1911: Today, The Jewish Chronicle stated that it is rumored that Sir Mathew Nathan, the former Governor of Natal will become the next “British Resident in Egypt” which would make him the first Jew since Joseph to “have taken the most prominent place in the government of Egypt.”
1912(10 th of Iyar, 5672): Parashat Kedoshim
1912: Dr. Judah Magnes presided over the third annual convention of the Kehillah or Jewish Community which opened tonight with “Jacob Schiff offering memorial resolution for the Jews who had lost their lives on the Titanic including, Benjamin Guggenheim, Henry B. Harris, Edgar J. Mayer, George Rosenchein, Benjamin L Foreman and Mr. and Mrs. Isidor Strauss” after which “the whole gathering a rose in silence as the resolution was put to a vote.”
1913(20 th of Nisan, 5673): Sixth of Pesach
1913: At 3:00 a.m. the police received a call from the factory's night watchman, Newt Lee, reporting the discovery of a dead girl who was in fact Mary Phagan
1913: In Chicago, at Sinai Temple Rabbi Emil G. Hirsch will oversee Pesach and Confirmation Services which will be led by the students.
1913: In Manhattan, Marcus and Celia Adler, two Jewish immigrants from Poland, gave birth to “Irving Adler, a former New York City teacher who became a prolific writer of books on math and science for young people after being forced from the classroom during the Red Scare of the early 1950s…” (As reported by Dennis Hevesi)
1913: Dr. Samuel Schulman delivered his last lecture for the season today at the Temple Beth-El in New York. It was on the “Song of Songs.” He talked combined the themes of Passover and the ideal woman as presented in this book of the Bible. “The love of nature, the love of woman, the love country and the love of god – that is what the book, the Songs of songs teach us. That is every Passover the book Song of Songs is read.”
1913: Rabbi Joseph Stolz is scheduled to deliver a sermon “An Old Love Song” at the Isaiah Temple in Chicago.
1914: During the second day of the Fifth Assembly of the Eastern Council of Reformed Rabbis a luncheon was given in honor of Adolph Lewisohn, the founder of the Lewisohn Lectureship.
1914(1 st of Iyar, 5674): Rosh Chodesh Iyar
1914(1 st of Iyar, 5674): Fifty-six year old James Doppelmayer, the Marshall, TX born son of Meyer and Rosalie Doppelmayer, the husband of Bella Davis Doppelmayer and the father of Marguerite, Walter and Rose Marie Doppelmayer who worked in the family dry goods store with his brother Moses passed away today in Marshall where his father Meyer and his Uncle Daniel and his Uncle Isaac Woolf had arrived in the 1850’s which later led to his cousin Joe Weisman settling there, passed away today.
1915: During the Gallipoli Campaign, the 300 men serving under Colonel John H .Patterson in the Zion Mule Corps landed off the Dundernoon. Despite having had only three weeks of training, the Mule Corps served with distinction.
1915: Birthdate of Abraham Judah Klausner the native of Memphis, TN who was one of five children of Rabbi Joseph Klausner and Tillie Binstalk Klausner. After graduating from Hebrew Union College in 1941 he served as “a Jewish chaplain in the United States Army who arrived at the Dachau concentration camp a few days after its liberation in 1945 and a strong voice for thousands of Holocaust survivors who remained in displaced persons camps for years after the war…(As reported by Dennis Hevesi)
1916: One day after he had passed away, 68 year old Israel Miller, the husband of the former Liba Nachama, with whom he had had five children was buried at the “Belfast Jewish Cemetery” in Northern Ireland.
1916: “Joseph Barondess, Chairman of the Jewish Congress Organization Committee sent word to the newspapers tonight that news had been received by the committee that a massacre of Jews had been arranged by reactionaries in Russia, to begin with the Easter holiday, which under the Greek calendar will be in about two weeks.”
1916: In an example of Jews versus Jews, the efforts of the Mayor of New “to avert a lockout of more than 60,000 workers in the cloak and suit industry by offering their services as mediator came to naught” tonight “when the Executive committee of the Cloak and Suit Manufacturers’ Protective Association decided the that they close shop immediately” in what is called a lockout” and “fight the union.” (A number of the clothing manufacturers were Jewish and a large number of the workers in the garment industry were also Jewish.)
1916: As a threat of a work stoppage in New York’s garment industry seem to become a reality, Dr. Felix Adler, a member of the Council Conciliation could not be reached.
1916: “Benjamin Schlesinger, President of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union said that if the manufacturers carried out their threat of a lockout the entire (garment) industry would be tied up next week.”
1917: U.S. Ambassador Francis sent a cable today from Petrograd to the United States Department in response to a message “sent by Louis Marshall, Henry Morgenthau, Jacob H. Schiff, Oscar Straus and Julius Rosenwald of the American Jewish Committee to the Russian Foreign Minister” which said that “the Russian Provisional Government is very appreciative of the sympathy of American Jews,” realizes the threat posed by German militarism and will not make a separate peace with Germany.
1917: “A.B. Leah & Co., investment bankers, who had made a specialty of Russian securities received today from A. Oppenheim, their Petrograd representative, a cable message which said that conditions in Russia were ‘very satisfactory’ and announcing that the new Government loan was a ‘complete success’ with Jews participating largely in the purchase of the bonds.”
1917: “It was announced today that a Poale-Zion ‘tag day’ would be held in May to raise funds for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
1917: Dr. M.H. Harris is scheduled to deliver a sermon on “Our Duty to America” at Tempe Israel of Harlem.
1917: Adolph Lewisohn who has previously not been a supporter of the Zionist movement “authoritzed the Provision Executive Committee for General Zionist Affairs to issue a statement tonight beginning “I think favorably of the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine and hope that the League to Enforce Peace will include the Jewish nation among those small nationalities which ought to be liberated and protected.”
1917: Albert Lucas, the Executive Secretary of the Joint Distribution Committee, was quoted today as having said that “in Constantinople there a 60,000 destitute Jews” of whom thanks to “the efforts of the American Jewry” 20,000 “are enabled to get one meal – only a bowl of soup of some kind – every other day.”
1918: A cable was received today by the Provisional Zionist Committee of New York City describing “the reception accorded to the Jewish Administrative Commission when it arrived at Jerusalem where it was greeted by several dignitaries including the Orthodox rabbis representing the Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews and the Colonel Storrs, the British Military Governor.
1919: Else Lasker-Schüler’s her first and most important play, Die Wupper, was performed for the first time at the Deutsche Theatre in Berlin.
1920: In Vienna, violence aimed at Jews continued with German students attacking Jewish students with swords and canes and a riot broke out when Monarchist students barred Jews, socialists and several eminent professors from entering.
1921(19 th of Nisan, 5681): Fifth Day of Pesach
1921: As part of the peace settlement ending World War I, Germany is ordered to pay 132 billion gold marks in reparations. The economic dislocations that would be caused by these reparation payments are given as one of the underlying causes for the disintegration of the inter-war German economy and society and the rise of Hitler.
1921: In Chicago, Robert Tandler Mack, the son of Rebecca and William Jacob Mack and Jeanette Mack gave birth Robert Tandler Mack, Jr, the author of Raising the World’s Standard of Living who was the husband of Doris Mack and the father of Robert Tandler Mack III
1921: In the Bronx, Alfred C. Nietzel and Ruth Laence gave birth Alfred B. Nietzel who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest in November, 1944. The citation for the award read in part “"That afternoon, Sergeant Nietzel fought tenaciously to repel a vicious enemy attack against his unit. Sergeant Nietzel employed accurate, intense fire from his machine gun and successfully slowed the hostile advance. However, the overwhelming enemy force continued to press forward. Realizing he desperately needed reinforcements, Sergeant Nietzel ordered the three remaining members of his squad to return to the company command post and secure aid. He immediately turned his attention to covering their movement with his fire. After expending all his machine gun ammunition, Sergeant Nietzel began firing his rifle into the attacking ranks until he was killed by the explosion of an enemy grenade.”
1922(29 th of Nisan, 5682): Seventy-four year old Russian born “Jewish scholar” and Rabbi Simon Zaretsky, the founder of “Congregation Anshe Oshmane and the husband of Dora Zaretsky with whom he had five children passed away today.
1922: Birthdate of Warren, Ohio Sol Berkowitz, the Queens College and Columbia trained composer and music educator who “was a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.: Birthdate of Manfred Gans. When he was 16 when his parents sent him to England, fearing for his life as a Jew in Nazi Germany, and when war broke out he clamored to join the British armed forces. Finally he was accepted, his fluency in German earning him a spot with a secret commando unit.” As a Captain in the British Army, he helped free his hometown, the ancient walled city of Borken His house, on the outskirts of town, had been used as a Nazi headquarters the wine cellar was a torture chamber. His parents, Moritz and Else Fraenkel Gans, had been taken away. Eventually Ganz was able to trace them Theresienstadt where they were re-united.
1922: Birthdate of Jack Klugman. Born in Philadelphia, Klugman had a very successful career on the stage, film and television. Like all good Jewish boys, he was a doctor - in this case Quincy, the Medical Examiner. Many of you remember him as Oscar Madison in the Odd Couple. The oddest thing about this television version The Odd Couple is that Tony Randall (born Leonard Rosenberg) was Jewish giving a whole new dimension to the term popularized by the Jewish playwright Neil Simon.
1927: Austrian born American composer Maximilian Raoul "Max" Steiner married Audree van Lieu today.
1928: In the Bronx, “Meier Weintraub, who owned a toy and baby-carriage business, and the former Anna Bogatz” gave birth to Fred Robert Tucker, the Bar Mitzvah student of Metropolitan Opera star Richard Tucker, the driving force behind the Bitter End, a cultural force that reached far beyond Greenwich Village.
1931: “The Budapest Rabbinate has proclaimed” today a “fast day in commemoration “ of the shooting earlier this month at the Great Synagogue in the Tabek Gasse during Emil Zatloka shot four Jews -- Tauglich, Ignatz Pinter, Leo Kera, and Eugen Roth (As reported by JTA)
1931: It was reported today that the speakers at the testimonial dinner for Herbert D. Perlman included Solomon Schelinsky, Leon Sanders, Mrs. David de Sola Pool, Max Silverstein, Samuel Koenig, Albert Ottinger and Magistrate Adolph Stern.
1931: Birthdate of refusenik and Israeli economist Ida Nuel.
1932: The New Republic published “The Supreme Court and a Balanced Budget” by Felix Frankfurter.
1932(21 st of Nisan, 5692): Seventh Day of Pesach
1932(21 st of Nisan, 5692): Forty-two year old Sutter, CA native Otto Oscar Dannenberg, “the youngest child of Charles and Mary Amanda Dannenberg and husband Iceophine Elsie Zimmerman passed away today after which he was buried in Dixon, CA.
1933: The American Jewish Congress and other organizations continued preparations for a march to be held on May 10 in New York to protest Germany’s treatment of her Jewish population. At the same, the American Jewish Committee and its allies issued a statement opposing the upcoming event as “futile.” “They serve only as an ineffectual channel for the release of emotion.”
1933: The German government prohibited the practice of ritual Jewish slaughter of animals for meat.
1933: Denouncing the persecutions and discriminations practiced against Jews in Germany by the Hitler government, the American Jewish committee, acting in conjunction with the B'nai B'rith, Jewish fraternal organization, issued a statement today disapproving boycotts, parades and mass meetings as measures for bringing relief to the sufferers.
1933: Otto Blumenthal, a German mathematician who converted to Christianity as young student, “was arrested and detained. He had been denounced as a communist by the Aachen Student Association, certainly a false accusation, and after two weeks he was released but he was suspended from his teaching duties at the university. The official reasons were not racial, but rather cited his involvement with the German League for Human Rights and the Society of Friends of the New Russia.” In other words he was not arrested because under German racial laws, he was a Jew because his parents were Jews.
1934: Premiere of “Liliom,” a “French fantasy film” directed by Fritz Lang whose Jewish converted to Catholicism with music by Franz Waxman.
1934: George Gershwin and George S. Kaufman are among those sponsoring t “The Film and Photo League” motion picture costume ball scheduled to take place this evening which also include a photo exhibit of the works of Ralph Steiner.
1935: In Brooklyn, Dorothy Alter, a housewife and her husband Morris, the owner of “lamp repair shop” gave birth to Lean Rose Napolin the Alfred University graduate who gained fame as the playwright who created the Broadway hit “Yentl.” (As reported by Neil Genzlinger)
1935: In Syria, Beirut banker Jacob Sifra who founded Banco Safra in São Paulo and his wife gave birth Moise Y. Safra who followed in his father’s Brazilian Banking footsteps.
1936: It was reported that Rabbi Stephen S. Wise told a meeting of 1,500 at the Hotel Astor that an additional $150,000 was being raised in addition to the $3,500,000 already being raised by the United Palestine Appeal Campaign in response to the recent outbreak of violence in Palestine.
1936: In Berlin, “the Official Gazette announced today that two scholarships of the Felix Mendelsohnn-Bartholdi Foundation would be awarded in October this year to talented and diligent music students” who can present data proving that they are not Jews” which based on Nazi race laws Mendelssohn was and his music has been officially banned for that reason.
1937: “Officials of B’nai B’rith said today they had been given to understand that Secretary of State Cordell Hull, in a letter to be sent soon to Alfred M. Cohen of Cincinnati, the president of the organization, would set forth his views concerning the recent dissolution of B’nai B’rith in Germany.
1938: The Palestine Post reported from Warsaw that the Polish Vice-Prime Minister, Professor Kwiatkowski, declared that his Government intends to pursue a vigorous policy of Polonization of cities and trade and will further the emigration of all non-Polish elements. This statement was seen as a call for a further intensification of the economic boycott and a direct threat to the existence of the three-and-a half million strong Jewish Polish community.
1938: Lev Landau, the head of the Theoretical Division at the Institute for Physical Problems, was arrested by the NKVD and sent to Lubyanka prison for comparing “the Stalinist dictatorship to Hitler.”
1939: There is hope in Hungary that both house of parliament will pass the “compromised Jewish bill” “which provides that all persons whose ancestors live in Hungary prior to 1848 and who were them sleves baptized for August 1, 1919 shall be recognized as non-Jews apart from certain disqualifications to which are also subject.” (Editor’s note – in the end the tap-dance would not matter to the mass of Jews sent to Auschwitz in 1944.)
1939: Today, “American authorities are investigating the case of Leib Schenker a Galician born Jew and American citizen now imprisoned at Reichenberg having been charged with complicity in plot to kill Hiterl
1940 : British Foreign Office official H. F. Downie argued that the Jews are "enemies just as the Germans are, but in a more insidious way," and that "our two sets of enemies [Nazis and Jews] are linked together by secret and evil bonds."
1940: Himmler ordered the establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1941: In “Franz Boas and the Aims of the Science of Man,” published today Ernest Harms provides a detailed review of Race, Language and Culture by Franz Boas.
1941: German troops occupied Athens Greece. This would be the opening act in a tragic drama that would lead to the demise of the very old, Greek Jewish Community, including the Jews of Salonika.
1942: Jews living in Belgium were forced to wear stars.
1942: Jews throughout Greater Germany were prohibited from taking public transport.
1942: One thousand Jews were deported from the Theresienstadt Ghetto to Izbica Lubelska, Poland only one person survived - a woman who escaped after arrival. Other Theresienstadt deportees were sent to their deaths at the Sobibór and Belzec extermination camps.
1942(10 th of Iyar, 5702): Eleven year old Ruth Bachrachova was murdered today at Isbica.
1942(10th of Iyar, 5702): The Nazis executed 60 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. Among the victims were people suspected of being involved with the ghetto's underground newspaper.
1942: The deportations continued as a thousand Jews were sent from so called show case ghetto of Theresienstadt to Izbica. Eventually these unfortunate souls would up Sobibor or Belzec.
1942: After three days, the liquidation of the Wloclawek Ghetto was completed when the remaining Jews were sent to Chelmno.
1943(22nd of Nisan, 5703): Cantor Gershon Yitzchak Sirota “was murdered with his entire family during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto on the last day of Passover.” Gershon Sirota was born in Podolia Guberne in 1874. When just a young child, he was already helping his father, a noted cantor, to conduct services in the local synagogue. Soon his parents moved to Odessa and Gershon's wonderful voice began to become well known. Yakovkin, cantor Yankel Seroka's choir director at the Shalashner Shul immediately offered the young Sirota a position in his choir. Shortly afterwards, Sirota was introduced to Baron Kalbos, the director of a Music Conservatory, and admitted on a scholarship. Gershon quickly made great strides in his musical education and, as a result, was assigned larger solos in Yakovkin's choir. One Shabbat morning Sirota was asked to sing in the Shalashner Shul. After his magnificent performance he was appointed Assistant Cantor, with the salary of 100 rubels a month. It was not long before Yankel Seroka came complaining to Gershon's father that his young son ws trying to take away his position. Sirota resigned and accepted the Cantorial post at the Prikashtchikes Shul in Odessa.
In 1896 Sirota became Cantor of the famous Vilna Shtat Synagogue, where he remained for nine years. There is choir directors were Yitzchak Schlossberg, Nathan Abramson and later Leo Loew. When Leo Loew became choir director, he arranged for a special concert, in which Cantor Sirota sang with the accompaniment of a large, newly founded choir. This concert was a tremendous success and the newspapers wrote enthusiastic reviews. He and Leo Loew began to receive invitations from Bialystok, Grodno, Minsk and other Russian cities to make new concerts. Sirota's appearances were so well received and praised that Svatopolk-Mirsky, the Russian Gubernator General decided to visit the Vilna Shtat Synagogue to hear Sirota. A few days later, the General sent a letter to the Czar's wife, Maria Feodorovna, highly praising the young cantor's talent. She requested that he perform at a concert sponsored for the benefit for the Vilna Institution for the Blind. Shortly arfterwards, Gershon Sirota was called to St. Petersburg to give a series of concerts before Czar Nicholas II. He was then asked to give yearly concerts in St. Petersburg, and Moscow by Imperial Command. The publicity of Sirota's name soon came to the attention of the major recording companies in Europe. In 1903, twelve records of Sirota's liturgical selections were released. This event achieved for him the great honor of being the first Cantor to record his voice of phonograph records. His recordings were distributed throughout Europe and later appeared in America. The medium of these records soon made Sirota's name world famous, even though he had not yet appeared in many of the countries which his records had already reached. Meanwhile, in Warsaw, the directors of the Tlomackie Synagogue were looking for a new Cantor. Gretzhandler, who had held the Cantorial post, was now old and the Synagogue needed a fitting successor to take his place. They offered Sirota the position because of his great popularity and Cantorial ability. He was thirty-one years old when he accepted the position, which he held for nineteen years. In February 1912, Cantor Sirota made the first of what was to be many concert tours of America. He appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Hippodrome, and the Academy of Music in New York before making tours to the other large cities.
During 1913 he returned again on another concert tour, appearing at Kessler's Theatre, The New Star Casino, The Palace Garden, and Carnegie Hall. His third American visit in 1921 began with an appearance at the Metropolitan Opera House, accompanied by Meyer Machtenberg's hundred voice choir. Arturo Toscanini and the famous Opera Star Joseph Schwartz were among the prominent celebrities who attended the concert. He then conducted services in many famous Synagogues, singing for the High Holy Days at the Kalvariah Shul in Harlem. During the seasons of 1924, 1925, and 1927, he also officiated in New York for the Yamim Noraim. When he returned to Europe (after conducting services at the Bronx Winter Garden for the Benefit of the Beit HaMidrash HaGadol of Harlem in 1927), the Tlomackie Synagogue had already chosen a Cantor to replace him. They took this action, because they were very disturbed about his constantly leaving them to daven elsewhere in America for the High Holy Days.In 1935, Sirota became Cantor of the Norzick Shul. That year, a concert was held in his honor at the Warsaw Coliseum and he also made a trip to Israel. There he conducted services for the High Holy Days at Magrabi Theatre.His last trip to America was made in 1938, when he davened for the Yamim Noraim in Chicago and during Succot in Milwaukee. He then returned to Europe, after receiving a telegram that his wife was critically ill in Warsaw. With the outbreak of the war, Sirota was imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto with his family and the other Jews of the city. He conducted High Holy Day Services in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1941
1943: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising continued into its third week. This is amazing when you consider that France with a modern Army surrendered to the Nazis after six weeks. By now thousands of Jews were being rounded up and marched away. But the Jews continued their counter attacks from rooftops above, doorways and windows. Jewish women and children huddled in buildings, staying with their armed protectors fleeing only when those structures were set on fire by the advancing Nazis.
1943: Eminent American poet Ezra Pound continued his anti-Semitic broadcasts from Italy. He called the Jews "rats," "bedbugs," "vermin," "worms," "bacilli," and "parasites" who constitute an overwhelming "power of putrefaction."
1943: During WW II, G.I. (and future New York Mayor) Ed Koch wrote “I’m tired but not dismayed. The chow (chili con carne) was terrible but I scraped the plate. It will be a long time before I’ll get used to the open latrine. The fellows in the bunk are pretty good. Mother acted fine in the station. I think that I’ll get along fine. . . . The beer stinks, it leaves a taste in my mouth.
1943: "The United States Vice Counsel in Casablanca reported that 'it seems indubitable that there is a systematic persecution of the Jews by the Pasha of Beni-Mella.' Jews had been expelled from their homes and shops for up to a week and 'arbitrary economic measures had been directed against them, including a ban on any Jewish trade in vegetables or poultry. There had also been random arrests and beatings. David Cohen, who half-blind, was sentenced to six weeks in prison for not saluting a Muslim official." [For more on this see Gilbert's "In Ishmael's House" and Statloff's "Among the Righteous"]
1944 : Psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch published the first of two volumes of The Psychology of Women. http://jwa.org/thisweek/apr/27/1944/helene-deutsch
1945: Mussolini and his mistress were caught while trying to escape outside of Lake Como. They were executed and their bodies were brought to Milan where the next day they were hung up by their heels from lampposts, then cut down, and mutilated. When Hitler heard of this, supposedly, he made his decision to take his own life and have his body burned. He was afraid of being captured by the Russians and/or having his corpse savaged by those upon whom he had unleashed so much misery.
1945: The British Parliamentary Delegation organized at the request of Churchill in order that they would have firsthand, visual proof German atrocities reached Buchenwald where they saw a “half-naked skeleton tottering painfully along the passage as though on stilts” who “drew himself …smiled and saluted” as the delegates approached.
1945: An original typescript of the Nuremberg Laws signed by Hitler was found today by the 203rd Detachment of the U.S. Army's Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC), commanded by Martin Dannenberg, in Eichstätt, Bavaria.
1945: 2nd Lt. William Robertson (U.S. Army) and Lt. Alexander Silvashko (Red Army) pose for a formal picture signifying the final link up of the two armies at the Elbe River.
1946(26 th of Nisan, 5706): Parashat Achrei Mot
1946(26 th of Nisan, 5706): Fifty-nine year old Russian born, NYU graduate Boris Fingerhood, “one of the founders of Israel Zion Hospital” who had married Mrs. Sylvia Golden after his first wife Nadezhda Finerghood had passed away died today at his home.
1946: In separate speeches the Premier of Iraq and Ahmed bey Shukairy head of the Arab Office in Palestine threatened unspecified action that “will not be word” should the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry recommend the admission of any additional Jewish immigrants to Palestine. The Iraqi premier promised action, not just on the part of his country, but on the part of the Arab League as well.
1946: After 657 performances the curtain came down on the original Broadway production of “Bloomer Girl,” a musical with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and a score by Harold Arlen
1946: U.S. premiere of “The Glass Alibi” directed and produced by W. Lee Wilder.
1947: “Representatives of member states of the Arab League met for four hours” tonight “to pan strategy to force inclusion of their demands for the immediate independence of Palestine on the agenda of the special session of the United Nations General Assembly.”
1948(18 th of Nisan, 5708): Fourth Day of Pesach
1948: During the Israeli War for Independence, the British landed a tank battalion and an artillery regiment at Jaffa. Ernest Bevin, the British Foreign Minister, informed the British commanders that they must prevent the capture of Jaffa by the Jews ‘at all costs’.” The British artillery shelled Haganah units and British aircraft attacked Jewish settlements in the area. This is an example of the “even handed” policy pursued by the British during this perio
1948: The Arab Legion crossed the Jordan River on the “road bridge” near the town of Gesher, a Jewish settlement. The Arab Legion was the name given to the army of what is now the Kingdom of Jordan. It was trained, equipped and officered by the British. It was the most effective fighting force in the Middle East. The Jordanians crossed the river with intention of seizing a police fort and the town of Gesher. The Jewish settlers were told evacuate within an hour and to turn the fort over to the Arab Legion. The Jews refused to leave and the Legion attacked. So confident were they of success that the heir to the Jordanian throne had come to watch what was sure to be a victorious battle. However, when the smoke cleared, the Jews had held on and the Legion retreated back from whence they had come.
1949: : Dr. Isaac Halevi Herzog, Israel's chief rabbi, arriving this afternoon at the New York International Airport, Idlewild, Queens, said that unless Israel's housing situation was remedied immediately "a condition may arise that may cause us to consider a curtailment of immigration."
1949: “United States Major General John H. Hilldring” who had sympathized with Jewish statehood project” and who had helped stimulate the United States delegation to secure the needed two-thirds majority vote in the General Assembly favoring partition, arrived at Haifa today “aboard an Israeli ship that had sailed from Marseille” for what he described as a private visit.
1950: The modern state of Israel was officially recognized by the British government.
1950: Britain recognized the annexation by King Abdullah of Jordan of all land west of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea seized by his troops during the fighting that followed the partition vote of November, 1947.
1952: The Jerusalem Post reported that Jerusalem suffered a severe shortage of water because the Jerusalem Electric Corporation had withdrawn power from the water pumping stations until the municipality settles a debt of IL60,000.
1952: The Jerusalem Post reported that Israel expressed regret at the resignation of General William D. Riley, as the Chief of Staff of the U.N. Truce Supervisory Organization. A further deterioration of the border situation was expected, as the appointment of General Riley's expected successor, General de Ridder, known for his one-sided decisions, was completely unacceptable.
1953: Maud Gonne, the Irish born actress and revolutionary who was on “good terms with Marcel Habert” a known French anti-Semite, passed away today.
1954(24th of Nisan): Underground fighter and Yiddish poet Shmerke Katcherginsky died in a plane crash today
1955(5 th of Iyar, 5715): Yom HaAtzma’ut
1956: U.S. premiere of “Godzilla, King of the Monsters!” produced by Joseph Levine.
1958: During an interview with Mike Wallach. Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr discussed several topics including anti-Semitism.
1960(30 th of Nisan, 5720): Rosh Chodesh Iyar
1960(30 th of Nisan, 5720): Sixty-seven year old Boston born Abraham Benjamin Cohen, the President of the United States Shoe Corporation and Jewish leader who was “a member of the board of governors of HUC and the board of trustees of the Jewish Hospital” known as A.B. Cohen, the husband of Dolly Lurie Cohen and the father of Ralph I. Cohen passed away today.
1962: Connie Francis recorded “Button and Bows” a popular song created by the Jewish team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
1962: “Chips With Everything” by Sir Arnold Wesker opened “in the West End at the Royal Court Theatre” today.
1963: Rabbis used the upcoming 15 th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel as a theme for their sermons. At New York’s Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Julius Mark said that “for a small nation to have achieved and maintained its independence for a decade and a half in these turbulent times is in itself no mean accomplishment…Of one thing we may be certain, Israel is here to stay. While her constant plea is for peace, she will not shrink from war – may God forefend it – if her sovereignty is threatened. Her citizens are determined not to be exterminated as were their fellow Jews in Hitler’s hell holes. If Israel goes down, she will go down fighting.” At Congregation Tifereth Israel, Rabbi Kurt Klappholz said that “The successful experiment of the state of Israel will, in the words of Isaiah, be a ‘light unto the nations.’” He went on to praise Israel for her willingness “to share her scientific and technical edge as her educational know-how with the new emerging republics of the African continents.”
1963: Ambassador Katriel Katz, Consul General of Israel, spoke at Congregation B’nai Jershurun where he paid tribute to the late Izkhak Ben-Zvi, Israel’s second President and reviewed the accomplishments of the state of Israel over the past fifteen ye
1964: German born Jacob (Yaakov) Birnbaum whose family had escaped the Holocaust convened a meeting today at Columbia University that planned what would become the first public demonstration demanding freedom for the Jews of the Soviet Union.
1965: Famed Broadcast Journalist Edward R Murrow passed away at the age of 57 after fighting a losing battle with lung cancer. Murrow gained fame for his coverage of World War II. One of his most famous broadcasts came on April 15, 1945 when he described the Liberation of Buchenwald to the American listening public. Murrow was a staunch supporter of Israel. When Teddy Kollek visited him in 1964, Murrow told him that once he had licked cancer he wanted to be the United States Ambassador to Israel.
1966: After having served as head of the Air Department in the General Staff since 1961, Mordechai "Mottie" Hod became Commander of the IAF. Hod led the Israeli Air Force through its most brilliant moment, the strikes that opened the Six Day. Hod served as the air commander until 1973, leaving office six months before the Yom Kippur War.
1967(17 th of Nisan, 5727): Third Day of Pesach
1967: The 20 th Cannes Film Festival where “Three Days and a Child” was nominated for Best Film opened today.
1967: Birthdate of Rhehovot, Israel Yitzhak Avni, the “actor entertainer and television” known as Aki Avni whom American audiences saw in “Free Zone” starring Natalie Portman.
1968(29 th of Nisan, 5728): Parashat Shimini
1968: Birthdate of Todd Thalblum who would become the Rabbi of Temple Judah in 2010.
1969: Three days after he had passed away, funeral services are scheduled to be held at Roth Memorial Chapel this afternoon for seventy-seven year old Yonkers NY, native and Dickinson College trained attorney, Joseph Altman a powerful figure in New Jersey politics which led to his serving six terms as the Mayor of Atlantic City while raising his son Michael with his wife Lillian.
1973: An Italian clerk was killed when Palestinian terrorists attacked the El Al office in Rome.
1973: A terrorist plot was foiled today when 3 Arabs carrying explosive were arrested before they could board a plane bounced for Nice, France. (As reported by Jewish Virtual Library)
1976(27 th of Nisan, 5736): Yom HaShoah
1976: “So Long, 174 th Street,” “a musical with a book by Joseph Stein and lyrics and music by Stan Daniels” opened on Broadway today at the Harkness Theatre.
1976: Sophie Masloff began serviing as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council
1978: The Jerusalem Post reported that two German volunteers were killed when Arab terrorists threw a bomb into a tourist bus parked in the center of Nablus.
1978: The Jerusalem Post reported that in Washington, the Israeli Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, and the U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, were reported to be unable to reach an agreement in their quest for peace in the Middle East, and awaited the arrival of the Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
1979: Soviet dissidents and Jewish activists, including Mark Dymshitz and Edward Kuznetsov who were exchanged by America for two Soviet spies, arrived in New York City today.
1980: One hundred thousand “people attended the ninth annual Solidarity Day rally of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry.”
1980: This afternoon Rabbi Charles Lippman of Temple Beth Am in Pearl River, NY officiated at the wedding of “Marcia Robinson Lowry, director of the children’s rights project of the ACLU and Frederic Adams Mosher, a program officer at the Carnegie Corporation” which was held at the home of the birde’s aunt and uncle, “Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Finkelstein of Manhattan.”
1981: Actress Barbara Bach (born Barbara Goldbach) married Ringo Starr
1981: “The Floating Light Bulb” written by Woody Allen and directed by Ulu Grosbard and starring Beatrice Arthur as “Enid” “opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center today.”
1982(4 th of Iyar, 5742) Yom HaZikaron
1983(14th of Iyar, 5743): Pesach Sheni
1983: Today, Southpaw Bob Tufts pitched his “first and only game in Yankee Stadium.”
1983: In Boston, Jewish parenting expert Joani Geltman and her non-Jewish husband Greg Graynor gave birth to actress Ariel Geltman “Ari” Grayenor
1984(25 th of Nisan, 5744): Sixty-one year old Hans Arthur Aalsmeer, the son of Charles Aalsmeer and Margaretha Schwarz [ass away today.
1984: A revival of “Hello Dolly” starring female impersonator Danny La Rue as Dolly came to a close at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.
1984: The daily Israeli newspaper Hadeshot “was ordered to stop publishing for four days” for having reported that Minister of Defence Arens had set up a committee of inquiry, headed by Reserve General Meir Zorea to investigate facts surrounding what became known as the Bus 300 Affiar.
1987: The Justice Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II. Yes, Secretary General of the United Nations was soldier an officer in Hitler's army.
1989(22 nd of Nisan, 5749): Eighth Day of Pesach
1989: “Ghetto” a play set in the Vilna Ghetto written by Joshua Sobol opened in the Olivier Theatre today under the direction of Sir Nicholas Hytner.
1990: After having premiered in Italy in December, “Black Orchid” directed by Zalman King was released today in the United States.
1991(13 th of Iyar, 5751): Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim
1991(13 th of Iyar, 5751): Eighty-six year old Samuel Zetzer, the “son of Cala and Jacob Zetzer” passed away today in Palm Beach, FL.
1993: In a story entitled “Museum Opens With Firm Grip On the Emotions,” Diana Jean Schemo described the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“Skip Krenke walked slowly through the dark cattle car and ran a hand over its wooden slats, feeling the scratches made by people as they were transported to their deaths a half century ago.
He looked around and whispered, half to himself, "a hundred people in here." Stepping out, he held a friend by the shoulder, as if he might fall. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which opened to the public today, seemed to impose its own language on visitors. Barraged with images from Nazi Germany's drive for racial purity, the first day's visitors -- many of whom said they had come to Washington for Sunday's gay rights march -- did not merely look. They cringed, touched, put their hands to their heads and wept. Hitting Close to Home "I'm impressed by how quiet it is in here," said Marion J. Valle, a Chicago real estate executive as, seemingly entranced, he watched a video of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943. "It seems like everybody is taken aback by this whole thing." If last week's dedication and other events were the museum's chance to thank the lawmakers, government officials and donors who created it, today was its inauguration as a museum for all Americans. Only 1,125 tickets will be available for the museum each day, and some people waited in line through Sunday night to get one. Throughout today, a line snaked around the limestone and brick building, even during a noon downpour. Mr. Krenke, a 28-year-old homosexual of German ancestry, was one of the first to get inside this morning. The Washington resident said he empathized with the victims of the Nazis and was angered by the intolerance and bigotry revealed in the exhibits. "My grandfather is still like that," Mr. Krenke said."He hates Jews, blacks, homosexuals. He can't understand that my best friend is Jewish."
Like all of the others who enter the museum, Mr. Krenke first got an identification card matching his sex and age with a victim of the Holocaust. In Mr. Krenke's case, the computer-generated card was eerily correct: he became Karl Lange, a German who was arrested and sent to a concentration camp because he was homosexual. As Mr. Krenke walked through the railroad cattle car, he tried to imagine being Karl Lange, packed with 100 other people rolling toward a concentration camp with no food, water or toilets. "I wouldn't want to survive it," he said.
For many visitors, the identification cards undid the cynical dictum attributed to Stalin that "one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is but a statistic." "It puts a face on things," said JacklinaSucu, 23, who drew the card of a Jewish girl named Isabella Katz. "You kind of have this anticipation about what's going to happen to her." Ms. Sucu, whose parents came to the United States from a town near Zagreb, Croatia, said she was most surprised by a chart showing that Jews in the former Yugoslavia were less than one-half of 1 percent of the total population before the Holocaust. In Germany, as well, Jews made up less than 1 percent of the pre-World War II population. "Listening to my grandfather when we used to visit there, I always thought there were more Jews in Yugoslavia," said Ms. Sucu, who lives in Miami. Paradoxically, the museum seems most devastating when it details the lives and the fabric of the small worlds destroyed in the Holocaust, for it is there that the loss represented elsewhere by canisters of the deadly Zyklon B crystals and a crematorium door becomes starkest. Standing in a sepia-toned tower of photographs from Eishishok, a Jewish village on the Lithuania-Poland border that was obliterated by Nazi mobile killing squads on two days in September 1941, a woman reached over and touched the edge of one of the pictures. It showed a dark-haired girl strumming a mandolin. In the same room, Hannah Hoch, a 24-year-old history student at the University of Nebraska, leaned against the banister and gaped at the photographs, 1,032 of them, which were presented as families would have kept them for their albums: the group of woodsmen, the rabbis in gabardines and puffed hats, the small sad-eyed boy whose chin rests on his hand above a manuscript, the girl standing by her bicycle, the family clowning in the snow, the toddler in a sailor suit standing on a chair. "I think it was the idea that it was an entire village that was there for 900 years, and that it was completely destroyed in two days," Ms. Hoch said, explaining her absorption. Others were taken aback not so much by a specific piece of information, but by the amount of material packed into the tightening three-story coil of permanent exhibits. "This is overwhelming," Patricia Bradford, 49, of Fort Washington, Md., said as she walked across the museum's glass-enclosed skybridge inscribed with the names of European towns and villages emptied of their Jews. As an African-American, Ms. Bradford said, she could identify with the suffering she saw before her. "Look at all the shoes here," she said, looking around at a roomful of 4,000 shoes of all sorts taken from the millions of Nazi victims. The video screens seemed to draw the most interest. They are used to present all phases of the Holocaust, from Nazi propaganda to the roundup of Jews and others to the liberation of the death camps. Most jarring for 39-year-old Andrew Axelrod of Phoenix, Ariz., were the color movies taken by Allied armies as they liberated the camps. "It makes you see that it wasn't all that long ago," he said. Mr. Axelrod, who is gay and Jewish, wore on his lapel a pink triangle, the emblem the Nazis forced homosexuals to wear. The exhibition ends with the testimony of survivors in a film that seemed deeply wrenching for many viewers. Men and women sat on the steps and leaned against the wall, weeping openly as they glimpsed the scars that made survival a mixed reward. "When people come to this museum and they see our things," a survivor was saying in the film, "whether it's a little shoe, or a letter or a torn prayer book, remember that these were our precious, precious valuables." Robin Levine of Boston thought her visits to the Dachau concentration camp and the holocaust museum in Jerusalem had given her a kind of armor, but she broke down today. "I guess I sort of expected it to be routine," she said, dabbing her eyes with a napkin. "I didn't expect it to be this way."
1995(27 th of Nisan, 5755): Yom HaShoah
1996: Operations Grapes of Wrath, the Israeli military incursion into Lebanon brought on by terrorist attacks and the inability of the Lebanese government to control its own borders, came to an end.
1997(20 th of Nisan, 5757): Sixth Day of Pesach
1997: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Irving Berlin: Songs From the Melting Pot: The Formative Years, 1907-1914 by Charles Hamm, Streisand: A Biography by Anne Edwards and Locked in the Cabinet by Robert B. Reich.
1997: Memorial services are scheduled to be held this afternoon at the UCLA Faculty Center for Judge Jerry Pacht.
1998(1st of Iyar, 5758): Rosh Chodesh Iyar.
1998: “Hacker Case Taps Into Fame, Fury” provides a description of the activities of 18 year old computer hacker Ehud Tenenbaum whose skills were praised by Prime Minister Netanyahu admiringly as “damn good.”
2000(22 nd of Nisan, 5760): Eighth Day of Pesach Yizkor
2000(22 nd of Nisan, 5760): Ninety-three year old University of Chicago trained attorney Elmer Gert whose clients included Nathan Leopold, Arthur Miller and Jack Ruby and who married Mami Laitchin Friedman after his first wife Ceretta Samuels had passed away died today. (As reported by Eric Pace)
2000: Today, Steve “Wynn purchased the Desert Inn for $270 million.
2000: Jack Lang completed his second terms as a member of the French National Assembly for Loir-et-Cher.
2001: A Central Intelligence Agency file on Adolf Hitler was made public today, including a report that described the Nazi leader as a "border case between genius and insanity" and predicted that Hitler could become the "craziest criminal the world ever knew."
2001: The C.I.A. files on 19 other wartime figures, like Josef Mengele, the sadistic doctor at the Auschwitz death camp Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi architect of the extermination of Europe's Jews, and Heinrich Mueller, the feared Gestapo chief were released today.
2002(15 th of Iyar, 5762): Seventy-seven year old Jakub Goldberg the Polish film maker who “was co-writer and assistant director of Polanski's feature debut Knife in the Water” passed away today in Denmar,
2002(15th of Iyar, 5762): Ruth Handler passed away at the age of 85, having provided America with a revered icon and piece of popular culture. Born in 1916, Handler was the youngest of 10 children in a Polish-Jewish immigrant family that settled in Denver. In 1945, Handler's husband and a partner started what would become the Mattel Toy Company. During the 1950's Handler invented the "Barbie Doll" which took its name if not its anatomy from her daughter, Barbara. Barbie was joined by the "Ken Doll" named for Handler's son, Kenneth.
2002(15 th of Iyar, 5762): Danielle Shefi, 5 Arik Becker, 22 Katrina (Katya) Greenberg, 45 and Ya'acov Katz, 51, all of Adora, were killed when terrorists dressed in IDF uniforms and combat gear cut through the settlement's defensive perimeter fence and entered Adora, west of Hebron. Seven other people were injured, one seriously. The terrorists entered several homes, firing on people in their bedrooms. Both Hamas and the PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack. (As described by theJewish Virtual Library)
2003: The New York Times included reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including recently released paperback versions of Elvis In Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel by Tom Segev in which “the author maintains that Israel's connection to the United States is driving a transformation in the nation's cultural life, weakening social solidarity while boosting the role of the individual.”
2003: In Champaign-Urbana, The fifth annual Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival closes.
2004(6 th of Iyar, 5764): Yom HaAtzma’ut
2005(18 th of Nisan, 5765): Fourth Day of Pesach
2006: “Rabbi Yona Metzger filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Israel to protest Mazuz's public declaration alleging that his image had been destroyed without a chance to tell his side of the story, and accusing Menachem Mazuz of engaging in "child-like" tactics
2007: Dr. Jonathan Karp and Dr. Jonathan Schorsch present "Blacks and Jews in American Popular Music-The Business of Cultural Mediation" at the Center for Jewish History in New York City.
2007 : New York Mets star Shawn Green (currently sixth in National League hitting), along with teammates David Newhan, Scott Schoeneweis and Aaron Sele, reportedly paid a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
2008: Eighth Day of Pesach, 5768 – Traditional (Orthodox, Conservative, et al) Jews recite Yizkor
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2008: The Ramle Conference 'Between Israel and the Nations' takes place. The Ramle Conference which deals with the relationship between the Jewish people and the non-Jewish minorities living in Israel is the first of its kind.
2008: Annie Leibovitz’s topless photo of a 15 year old entertainer “was published with an accompanying story on The New York Times' website” today.
2009(3rd of Iyar, 5769): Phillip Stein, the musician who created the mural on the back wall of the Village Vanguard, passed away today at the age of 90.
2009: At the JCC in Columbus, Ohio, Israel Memorial Commemoration features a remembrance ceremony with former IDF soldiers and screen the documentary film "A Hero in Heaven" about the life of Michael Levin (Z"L)
2009: The Leo Baeck Institute presents multi-media event featuring a book and film both which are entitled “The Kissinger Saga, Two Brothers from Fürth.”
2009: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, the former (now emeritus) president of George Washington University, discusses and signs Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education at Reiter's Scientific & Professional Books in Washington, D.C.
2009(3rd of Iyar, 5769): Yom Hazikaron events begin this afternoon with a ceremony at the Ammunition Hill battlefield in Jerusalem in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
2009: “The Confession of Eliot Spitzer” is the cover story for Newsweek magazine.
2009: Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist “signed legislation removing the word ‘shylock’ from Florida’s criminal money-lending laws.”
2010: "My Father's Microcosm, Tel Aviv", a photographic installation by Israeli photographer Yossi Guttmann is scheduled to have its final showing at the Williams Club of New York.
2010: Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, Goldman Lecturer in Theology at Georgetown University, is scheduled to discuss “Famous Jewish Trials: From Jesus to Eichmann” at Northern Virginia focusing on the cases of Jesus of Nazareth, the “Blood Libel" cases during the Spanish Inquisition, the early twentieth century trials of Jews in Czarist Russian, the U.S. trial in the 1920's of Leo Frank, the Rosenberg trial in the 1950's, and the1961 Israeli trial of Adolf Eichmann.
2010(13 th of Iyar, 5770): Doctor Stanley I. Greenspan, a psychiatrist who invented an influential approach to teaching children with autism and other developmental problems by folding his lanky six-foot frame onto the floor and following their lead in vigorous play, died today at a hospital in Bethesda, MD at the age of 68.
2010: The Jewish Federation communities of the Commonwealth of Virginia “have written a letter to Governor Bob McDonnell asking him to reconsider this decision that lifted a ban on Virginia State Police troopers referring to Jesus Christ in public prayers.
2011: Kinky “Friedman launched his Springtime For Kinky Tour (cf. "Springtime For Hitler") in Kansas City, Missouri at Knuckleheads Saloon] which includes dates in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky before heading towards the east coast.
2011: In preparation of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Detroit’s Congregation Beth Ahm is scheduled to screen “Hidden Poland”, a one-hour documentary film recounting the experiences of four people who were hidden children in Poland during the Shoah.
2011: Three days after she had passed away, funeral services were scheduled to be held today for Joan Peyser, “the master storyteller who was a biographer of seminal figures in 20th-century music, as well as an editor and a winner of six ASCAP/Deems Taylor Awards.”
2011: Today on the 189 th anniversary of U.S. Grant’s birth it was announced “Ron Chernow has signed a deal to write a ‘comprehensive biography’ of Ulysses S. Grant” just days after he Chernow had won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his book Washington: A Life.
2011: Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian movements, announced an agreement in principle today to end a years-long internal Palestinian schism.
2011: Moroccan Jews who suffered under the Nazis and their allies during World War II will for the first time ever receive compensation from Germany, a Jewish group announced today.
2011(23 rd of Nisan, 5771): Sixty-year-old Dr Stanley I. Greenspan, a psychiatrist who documented the developmental milestones of early childhood and developed the widely used "Floor Time" method for teaching children with autism and other developmental disorders, passed away today.
2011: In Mitzvah Tanks Roll Again,” Gabe Johnson and Tamir Elterman describe the reappearance of this unique Chabad invention.
2012: “Love During Wartime,” a film about an Israeli Jewish woman in love with a Palestinian Moslem man, is scheduled to be shown at the Westchester Jewish Film Festival.
2012: “Safe” directed and written by Boaz Yakin was released in the United States today.
2012: Shabbaton Shira v’Kehilah, a Shabbat of Song and Community is scheduled to begin at the Kane Street Synagogue.
2012: David Samson, the owner of the Miami Marlins baseball team “completed a 52.4 mile run to honor the workers who built the new ballpark and which raised over $550,000 to be split among 10 charities
2013: The recently retired chief of Israel’s internal security agency said tonight that he had “no faith” in the ability of the current leadership to handle the Iranian nuclear threat, ratcheting up the criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak from the defense and intelligence communities. (As reported by Jodi Rudoren)
2013: “Dancing In Jaffa” is scheduled to be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.
2013: In Livonia, Michigan, “Bookstock,” co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council is scheduled to come to an end
2013: The National Park Service and the United States Military Academy are scheduled to host the official government ceremony commemorating the 191st anniversary of President Grant’s birth. While there are those who would paint Grant as an anti-Semite his Jewish contemporaries did not view him as can be seen by the fact that Jews overwhelming supported him when he ran for President and by this eulogy by Professor Felix Adler
2013: A heat wave hit Israel today and caused several fires across Israel, ahead of Jewish holiday Lag Ba'Omer (bonfire night). Army Radio reported that one man was lightly injured today in a fire started from burning embers left by hikers.
2014: The New York Times features reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including I Pity the Poor Immigrant, Zachary Lazar’s “novel of spiritual discovery featuring Meyer Lansky, an American journalist and the murder of an Israeli poet,” Mount Terminus, David Grand’s novel about the early days of the movie industry featuring half-brothers Simon Reuben and Bloom Rosenbloom and In Paradise, “Peter Matthiessen’s novel about a Zen retreat at Auschwitz.”
2014: The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is scheduled to host “Downtown Washington,” a “tour of the historic 7 th Street, NW neighborhood” that “includes four former synagogues.
2014(27 th of Nisan, 5774)): In the evening start of Yom Hashoah. While the 27 th of Iyar is the official date for Yom Hashoah, when the 27 th of Nisan falls on a Sunday, the observance takes place on the 28 th of Nisan (Monday) “to avoid adjacency with Shabbat.”
2014: Three days after he had passed away, funeral services are scheduled to be held for Dr. Charles A. Schwartz, the husband of Dr.Sheila Schwartz, the father of Pamela Fay Cohen, Julia Molly Healy, David Ansin Schwartz and Columbia and Boston University graduate and award winning television journalist Elizabeth Cohen (Elizabeth Sondra Schwartz) and wife of Israeli-born Entrepreneur Tal Cohen.
2014: “Light and Shadows: The Story of the Iranian Jews” an “exhibition that tell the rich and complex history of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities” is scheduled to come to an end at Yeshiva University Museum.
2014: “The March of Life” under the title “Remembering, Reconciling and Shaping the Future in Friendship” is scheduled to come to an end in Hungary.
2014: Popes John XXIII and John Paul II are being declared saints of the Roman Catholic Church today, the day that is also the eve of Yom Hashoah
2014: In New Orleans, the keynote speaker at the Holocaust Memorial Program is scheduled to be eighty-eight year old Philip Bialowitz, one of only seven survivors of the Sobribor revolt at the Nazi death camp who was 17 at the time of the revolt, joined with his brother and others to overwhelm the guards and helped free 200 of the 600 prisoners housed there” whose memoir is A Promise at Sobribor: A Jewish Boy’s Story of Revolt and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland. (As reported by the Crescent City Jewish News)
2014: “Golda’s Balcony” a one-woman show starring Tova Feldshuh as the Israeli Prime Minister is scheduled to be performed for the last time this evening at the D.C. Jewish Community Center.
2014: In Coralville, Iowa, Rabbi Jeff Portman has organized a memorable and meaningful series of Yom HaShoah events that are scheduled to include the Fourth Annual Music of Commemoration at Agudas Achim and a reading by Professor Lud Gutmann, MD from his book Richard Road: Fleeing the Holocaust and Growing Up In Rural America.
2014: Holocaust Remembrance Week is scheduled to begin today.
2015: “The Last Sentence” and “Let’s Go” are scheduled to be shown at the Westchester Jewish Film Festival.
2015(8 th of Iyar, 5776): Ninety year old Dr. Alexander Rich who provided the visual proof of the DNA’s Double Helix passed away today. (As reported by Denise Gellene)
2015: Dana Kalishov is scheduled to discuss the important role of the IDF in providing invaluable educational and leadership opportunities, fostering the growth of pluralism, encouraging respect and equal rights for women, members of the LGBT community, and other minorities at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center.
2015: “In the Community: Touchdown Israel” is scheduled to be shown at the Gershman Y as part of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.
2015: Michele Gold author of Memories that Won't Go Away:A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport is scheduled to speak at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
2015: Mark Gelber and Birger Vanwesenbeck Mark Gelber and Birger Vanwesenbeck Mark Gelber and Birger Vanwesenbeck are scheduled to discuss “Stefan Zweig and World Literature: 21st Century Perspectives” at the Center for Jewish History.
2015: In Baltimore looters carried away over a million dollars in merchandize as they vandalized the Sports Mart a business started in 1980 by 89 year old Leon Levy and his sons Harvey, Marc and Brian.
2015: Congregants Challenge Sale of Bulwark of Judaism on Lower East Side published today described the dispute surrounding the sale of the Home of Sages “a Manhattan nursing home in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge.”
2016(19 th of Nisan, 5776): Fifth Day of Pesach
2016(19 th of Nisan, 5776): Eighty-seven year old abstract artist Harold Cohen passed away today in California.
2016: “Common Ground” written by Israel Yael Ronen is scheduled to be performed at the Segal Theatre tonight.
2016 “The first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta” and which was attended by nearly 300 people came to an end today.
2016: “Two Palestinian terrorists this morning attempted to stab Border Policemen at Qalandiya checkpost north of Jerusalem before being shot and killed by security forces.”
2017(1 st of Iyar, 5777): Rosh Chodesh Iyar
2017(1 st of Iyar, 5777): Ninety-six year old Julius Young “the last surviving member of Jonas Salk’s original research team” passed away today. (As reported by Sam Roberts)
2017(1 st of Iyar, 5777: Eighty-nine year old Holocaust survivor and “award winning author and illustrator Peter Spier” passed away today. (As reported by Richard Sandomir)
2017: Dan Margulies is scheduled to lead an early Talmud study session on Tractate Sukkah at the Streicker Center
2017: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington are scheduled to host a tour of the exhibition “Jews in the American Military” followed by a presentation by JHS curator Christiane Bauer, who will share treasures from our collection related to the involvement of Jewish Washingtonians in "The Great War."
2017: The UKJF is scheduled to host a screening of “Photo Farag” which tells “the story of the photography studio in Israel” as the Phoenix Cinema.
2017: The American Sephardi Federation is scheduled to present “A Vanished People: Jewish Heritage in the Greater Middle East.”
2017: 195 th Anniversary of the birth of U.S. Grant, the underrated general who understood modern warfare which led to the Union victory and who offered the position of Secretary of the Treasury to his friend Jesse Seligman who declined the offer which would have made him the first Jewish member of the Cabinet.
2018: Today, “flanked by the Nassau County Democratic Chairman and the Governor of New York, Anna Kaplan, the native of Tabriz and Cardozo School of Law trained attorney, who had fled her homeland after the Islamic Revolution, “announced her candidacy for the New York State Senate's 7th District to a large gathering of supporters and state and local Democratic elected officials at the "Yes We Can Community Center" in Westbury, New York.”
2018: The Oxford University Jewish Society is scheduled to host Friday night services followed by a Shabbat dinner.
2018: “The Love Letter “directed by Atara Frish is scheduled to be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.
2018: “The National Park Service and the United States Military Academy at West Points” are scheduled to “host the official government commemorating the 196 th anniversary of the birth of President U.S. Grant, the first sitting President to contribute to a synagogue building fun and to attend synagogue services – in this case Adas Israel in Washington, D.C.
2019: Israeli Culture in North America, which presents and discusses “the works of young emergin and established Israeli artists in the performing, visual, literary and cinematic arts recommends attendance at the “Debut concert of so&so” that is scheduled to take place this evening at the Brooklyn Armory Terminal.
2019: On the secular clanedar, six month anniversary of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Slaughter, the deadliest one day killing of Jews in the United States.
2019(22 nd of Nisan, 5779): As Jews attended services at Chabad of Poway Synagogue in Poway, CA, a gunman shot four including the rabbi, murdering one woman.
2019: This evening award winning biographer Ron Chernow is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the 2019 White House Correspondents Dinner
2019(22nd of Nissan, 5779): Eighth Day of Pesach 7thDay of the Omer
2020: ASF IJE Travels in Jewish History. from Home is scheduled to present Expedition to Iraq, a journey in time and space, that features Babylonian Jewish shrines, schools, cemeteries throughout the country with stops in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, al-Kifl, and Amediye , powered by Diarna Geo-Museum Tours
2020: The Israeli American Council – Boston is scheduled to host the Yom Hazilkaron Online Commemoration Ceremony.
2020: The Streicker Center is scheduled to host “Jewish Resilience Through Chocolate” a virtual “sweet” presentation by Rabbi Debbie Prinz.
2020: The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University is scheduled to host a livestream of a Holocaust remembrance ceremony.
2020: As part of a special Israel Independence Day “Tikvah Life” presentation, Dr. Ran Baratz is scheduled to speak live from Jerusalem on “The Strengths of Israel: A Civilizational Assessment.”
2020: In Coralville, IA, Agudas Achim is scheduled to host its first Yiddish study group via Zoom.
2021: The Combined Jewish Philanthropies are scheduled to present, online “Redemption and the Unquiet Mind in the Exodus Narrative” during which “world-renowned author and Torah scholar Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg discuss mental unease as a factor in the Exodus epic” as part of the
Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP)
2021: The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is scheduled to present online an “Artist Workshop with Dana Arieli: “The Zionist Phantom.”
2021: In New Orleans, LCMC and the Schoenbaum Family Foundation are scheduled to sponsor "Hello Gorgeous," a virtual tour of the life of Barbra Steisand, located at the Bernard Museum of Judaica in New York which is open to Lions of Judah (women who give a minimum household gift of $5,000 to the Federation's 2021 Annual Campaign) and the members of their households.
2021: YIVO is scheduled to present “The Jewish Experience in Opera” a panel discussion which “will include four prominent composers of such operas of Jewish experience: Ofer Ben-Amots, composer of one opera in Hebrew based on The Dybbuk and another in Yiddish on Isaac Bashevis Singer's story, "A Fool's Paradise" David Schiff, whose opera, Gimpel the Fool is also to a Singer story Bruce Adolphe, whose operas include Mikhoyels The Wise—about the legendary Soviet Yiddish actor—and Shabbtai Zvi, about the 17th-century so-called "false messiah" naively followed by many thousands of Jews and Alex Weiser, who wrote an opera about Theodor Herzl, State of the Jews, with librettist Ben Kaplan who will also join the panel.”
2021: As part of The Sir Martin Gilbert Churchill Conversation Series Allen Packwood and Lord (Michael) Dobbs are scheduled to “discuss Churchill’s legacy on stage and screen.”
2021: The Streicker Center is scheduled to host Malcolm Gladwell as “he discusses the launch of his new book The Bomber Mafia.”
2021: The ADL is scheduled to host the webinar “A Special Briefing on the State of Antisemitism in the U.S.”
2021: Following a weekend where “at least 36 rockets were launched on Israeli communities in the south” and yesterday’s meeting of the Security Cabinet, as of today Israel is prepared to launch a “substantial air force attack on the Gaza Strip if the launch rocket fire into Israeli territory persists.” (As reported by Itamar Eichner and Yoav Zitun).
Rosetta Stone found
On July 19, 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles east of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different scripts: Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been ” for nearly 2,000 years.
When Napoleon, an emperor known for his enlightened view of education, art and culture, invaded Egypt in 1798, he took along a group of scholars and told them to seize all important cultural artifacts for France. Pierre Bouchard, one of Napoleon’s soldiers, was aware of this order when he found the basalt stone, which was almost four feet long and two-and-a-half feet wide, at a fort near Rosetta. When the British defeated Napoleon in 1801, they took possession of the Rosetta Stone.
Several scholars, including Englishman Thomas Young made progress with the initial hieroglyphics analysis of the Rosetta Stone. French Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832), who had taught himself ancient languages, ultimately cracked the code and deciphered the hieroglyphics using his knowledge of Greek as a guide. Hieroglyphics used pictures to represent objects, sounds and groups of sounds. Once the Rosetta Stone inscriptions were translated, the language and culture of ancient Egypt was suddenly open to scientists as never before.
The BEST military commander in Russian history
&ldquoNo army in the world can resist the brave Russian grenadier,&rdquo Generalissimo Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov, one of the most outstanding military leaders of the 18th century and the greatest military commander in Russian history, used to say. During his long life (1730-1800) he participated in seven big wars, won 60 battles and never lost a single one!
Suvorov stood in sharp contrast to other military commanders of the time, who preferred to act slowly and defensively and only attack when they had a numerical advantage. &ldquoWin with ability, not with numbers,&rdquo was his response to them. A volley from extremely hit-and-miss muskets or from pistols that were even less capable of hitting their target could inflict heavy damage only on slow-moving targets, the commander believed. Rather than exposing your army lines to enemy fire, sweep the enemy aside with a daring and swift bayonet charge, even if outnumbered. &ldquoThe bullet is a fool, the bayonet a fine chap,&rdquo he used to say.
The Generalissimo professed the principle of the &ldquothree military arts&rdquo: judgement of eye, speed and attack. The judgement of the eye meant the ability to detect the weakest point of the enemy&rsquos defenses and use it as the focal point of the main attack. Speed manifested itself in the swiftness with which decisions were taken and implemented, in tactical mobility on the battlefield and on marches: &ldquoOur tardiness will multiply the enemy&rsquos strength. Speed and surprise will perturb and defeat the enemy.&rdquo And attack meant consistent and coordinated actions by well-trained units capable of working together to ensure victory. &ldquoIn two lines is strength in three half as much again the first breaks [the enemy lines], the second smashes them and the third finishes them off.&rdquo
All three military arts were successfully applied by Suvorov in battles against the Turks, Polish insurgents and the French. On many occasions, although outnumbered by the enemy (as in the Battle of Kozludzha in 1774 or the Battle of Focșani in 1789), he achieved victory thanks to his determination and boldness.
It was not Alexander Vasilyevich&rsquos custom to hide behind his soldiers (&ldquoDeath flees from the bayonet and saber of the brave&rdquo) and this almost cost him his life in the Battle of Kinburn in 1787. Grenadier Ivan Novikov rescued Suvorov from the Janissaries after the commander was wounded by a canister shot.
Grenadier Novikov rescues Suvorov in the battle on the Kinburn spit.
The Battle by the River Rymnik in 1789 was the military commander&rsquos real triumph. Suvorov could only put up 7,000 Russian and 18,000 allied Austrian troops against a 100,000-strong Turkish army. Banking on surprise and speed, early in the morning of September 22, Alexander Vasilyevich secretly crossed the river, crushed the enemy&rsquos forward detachments and struck at the flank of the main Turkish army. The enemy camp, taken by surprise, was attacked with cavalry, causing panic among the Turks, and then the infantry finished the job. As a result, the enemy lost about 20,000, while the allied losses were estimated to be just 500. For his courage and decisiveness, the Austrians nicknamed Suvorov &lsquoGeneral Forwards&rsquo.
Alexander Suvorov and the Battle by the River Rymnik.
On December 22, 1790, Alexander Suvorov achieved the almost impossible. His troops took the reputedly impregnable Turkish fortress of Izmail on the Black Sea coast. The commander decided that the key to success should lie in a thoroughly-prepared assault. Not far from Izmail, earthen and wooden fortifications imitating the ditch and walls of the fortress were built and where soldiers were constantly trained. The weak point of Aydoslu Mehmed Pasha&rsquos garrison was the fact that the number of irregulars in it exceeded the regular troops. Suvorov banked on the professionalism, experience and fortitude of his soldiers and he was proved right: The fortress fell. The enemy lost up to 26,000, while the Russian army&rsquos losses were just under 2,000. &lsquoOne could decide to storm such a fortress only once in a lifetime,&rdquo Alexander Vasilyevich would later say.
Russian army captured Izmail fortress.
On November 4, 1794, during the suppression of the Polish Uprising led by Tadeusz Kościuszko, Suvorov&rsquos troops stormed the Praga suburb of Warsaw, as a result of which around 12,000 Polish soldiers and townspeople were killed. &ldquoAt five in the morning, we went on the attack and, at nine o&rsquoclock, the Polish army that had been defending Praga and Praga itself along with its inhabitants were no more&hellip In the course of four hours, a terrible revenge was exacted for the carnage our own men had sustained in Warsaw!&rdquo recalled General Ivan von Klügen, referring to the so-called Warsaw Matins of April 17, 1794. This was when, at the start of the uprising, the residents of the city had suddenly attacked and killed a large part of the Russian garrison during morning service in the run-up to Easter. For all that, just before the storming of Praga, Suvorov invited the townspeople immediately to flee to the Russian camp (which led to many people being saved), while giving his own troops the following order: &ldquoDo not enter houses enemies asking for mercy are to be spared do not kill the unarmed do not fight women do not touch children.&rdquo Warsaw itself capitulated on November 9 without a fight.
Alexander Suvorov enters Warsaw.
Catherine II showered Suvorov with ranks and honors, but Paul I, who succeeded her to the throne in 1796, was not as favorably disposed to the commander. Used to the simple army life, Alexander Vasilyevich was sharply critical of the Prussian army ways introduced by the Emperor - the plaiting and powdering of hair and constant drill sessions, reviews and parades. &ldquoHair powder isn&rsquot gunpowder, a ringlet isn&rsquot a gun, a plait is no cutlass and I&rsquom not Prussian, but a natural-born Russian,&rdquo he once said and was soon exiled to his estate.
An exiled Suvorov receiving orders to lead the Russian Army against Napoleon
With the formation of the Second Coalition against the French in early 1799, however, the allies asked the Russian ruler to send Suvorov to enemy-occupied Italy at the head of allied troops. Within a short space of time, the French sustained crushing defeats at the hands of &lsquoGeneral Forwards&rsquo in battles on the rivers Adda and Trebbia, so the whole region was occupied by the allied Austrian army.
General Suvorov at the battle by river Adda on April 27, 1799.
The Italian campaign was followed by the Swiss campaign, which, as it turned out, proved to be the elderly commander&rsquos last. In the course of several weeks, while coming under constant attack from superior enemy forces, Suvorov&rsquos troops fought their way across the Alps, smashing General André Masséna in the Mutten (Muota) Valley along the way. Alexander Vasilyevich managed to preserve his weary army, breaking out of the encirclement in which it had found itself and leading it to the Austrian border. &ldquoIn conquering the enemies of the Fatherland everywhere and through the whole of your life, there was one thing you had not achieved - victory over nature itself, but now you have gained the upper hand over nature, too,&rdquo a delighted Paul I said in a message to Suvorov and ordered the highest military rank - that of Generalissimo - to be bestowed on him.
Suvorov crossing the Alps in 1799.
Suvorov&rsquos name resonated throughout Europe. He was admired by enemies and allies alike. The famous British naval commander Horatio Nelson, who would go on to destroy the French fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, wrote to the Generalissimo as follows: &ldquoI am being overwhelmed with honors, but I was today found worthy of the greatest of them all: I was told that I was like you.&rdquo
The two supreme commanders of the era - Napoleon Bonaparte and Alexander Suvorov - undoubtedly knew about each other. &ldquoHe is a hero, he is a spectacular warrior, he is a magician!&rdquo is how the Generalissimo described the French commander in a letter to his nephew. &ldquoHe vanquishes both nature and men&hellip He has cut the Gordian knot of tactics. Unperturbed by numbers, he attacks his adversaries everywhere and smashes them totally. He knows the invincible power of pressing home an attack.&rdquo Bonaparte, for his part, was much more reticent in his praise, asserting that Suvorov had the heart but not the mind of a good commander. There was no opportunity to discover which of the two was the more accomplished in the art of warfare - they never faced each other on the battlefield.
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Elisha Battle, planter, revolutionary patriot, and state legislator, was born in Nansemond County, Va. He was the fifth child and third son of William and Sarah Hunter Battle. Earlier paternal and maternal ancestors had emigrated from Yorkshire, England, in the mid-seventeenth century, his grandfather, John Battle, settling on a two-hundred-acre estate on the west bank of Nansemond River in Nansemond County, Va. In 1663 this same John Battle obtained a royal patent for 640 acres of land on Pasquotank River in North Carolina. Here Elisha Battle's father, William, was born in 1682. In 1690, upon the death of his father, William returned to Nansemond County, where he continued to reside until his death in 1749.
By deed of record dated 17 Aug. 1747, Elisha Battle purchased four hundred acres on the north side of Tar River, in Edgecombe County, from Samuel Holliman. This purchase formed the nucleus of Cool Spring Plantation, near the present town limits of Rocky Mount, to which Battle moved with his family in late 1747 or early 1748. Subsequent purchases made Battle a large and prosperous landholder. He soon gained a reputation as a man of honest conviction, sound judgment, and considerable native ability.
According to an early biographer, Battle was appointed justice of the peace in about 1756, retaining this position until the infirmities of old age forced him to relinquish it in 1795. By 1759 he was serving as a justice for Edgecombe county court (later the inferior court of pleas and quarter sessions). He was one of five commissioners appointed in 1760 to "found and lay out" the town of Tarboro.
The same early biographer indicates that Battle was elected to represent Edgecombe in the colonial House of Commons as early as 1771, though his first recorded appearance there is during the assembly that convened in New Bern, 4–21 Dec. 1773. With the threat of impending warfare, Battle was named chairman of Edgecombe's committee of safety (1774–75). He also represented his county in the provincial congresses that met in Halifax in April 1776 and in November 1776.
With the establishment of an independent state government, Elisha Battle was elected to represent Edgecombe County in the state senate, 1777–81, 1783, and 1785–87. He served as chairman of the committee of the whole during much of the session of the constitutional convention, convened in Hillsborough in July 1788. With the majority of the delegates, Battle held that it would be too dangerous to adopt the proposed federal constitution without amendments to reserve and secure certain rights to the individual states. Accordingly, he voted to postpone adoption until such amendments were effected.
In 1742, Battle married Elizabeth Sumner, a first cousin to Brigadier General Jethro Sumner, who served in the Continental Army under Washington. To their union were born eight children: Sarah, who married Jacob Hilliard and, afterward, Henry Horn John, who married Frances Davis Elizabeth, who married Josiah Crudup, Jr. Elisha, who married Sarah Bunn William, who married Charity Horn Dempsey, who married Jane Andrews Jacob, who married Penelope Edwards and Jethro, who married Martha Lane.
Battle united with the Falls of Tar River Baptist Church in 1764, attaining prominence in the affairs of his local congregation and the larger denomination. He served as a deacon and as a clerk at Falls of Tar River. He was also instrumental in the organization of the Kehukee Baptist Association in 1769, serving that body occasionally as moderator and as clerk. He was buried on the family plantation.
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H. B. Battle et al., The Battle Book (1930).
Lemuel Burkitt and Jesse Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association (1803).
William L. Saunders and Walter Clark, eds., Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, 30 vols. (1886–1914).
J. Kelly Turner and J. L. Bridgers, Jr., History of Edgecombe County (1920).
Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of North Carolina, vol. 6 (1907): Google E-book.
Most famous Battles in History
1. Siege of Troy (1190 BC)
Troy’s siege has been listed as one of the iconic legendary battles in the history of Greek mythology. The Achaeans waged the Trojan War against Troy. The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated most notably in Homer’s Iliad. The war site was today’s Western Turkey.
Several battles marked the siege of troy. It lasted more than ten years until the morning of the eventful Trojan horse. The Greek armies retreated from their camp. As part of a plan, they left a large wooden horse outside the gates of Troy. After much debate and despite warnings, the Trojans pulled the mysterious gift into the city. When night fell, the horse opened up. A troop of Greek warriors, led by Odysseus, climbed out. They sieged Troy from within, bringing the war to an end.
2. Mongol Seize of Baghdad (1258 AD)
This was the most treacherous battle in world history in terms of the death toll and the killings. It resulted in about 2 million violent casualties when the Mongols sacked Baghdad’s city under Hulagu Khan. Baghdad’s Caliph was forced to surrender to the Mongol forces. Upon his refusal, the violent Mongols ransacked the city. Within 12 days, the blood-bathed city was under the Mongol control, bringing an end to the golden age in Arabia. The outbreak resulted in massive destruction of significant monuments and the population of Arabia.
3. Battle of Agincourt (1415)
The Battle of Agincourt was one of the English victories in the Hundred Years’ War. It took place in October 1415 near Azincourt, in Northern France. King Henry V of England led his troops into battle while the French forces were led by various prominent French noblemen of the Armagnac party. 80 % of King Henry’s army comprised of the English and Welsh archers skilled in the use of the longbow. England won against the superior French army, which gave a significant setback to France, and started a new period of English dominance in the war. Agincourt is one of England’s most celebrated victories.
4. Siege of Orleans (1429)
The Siege of Orléans was the turning point of the Hundred Years’ War between France and England. It was the French royal army’s first major military victory after the crushing defeat in the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The French won the siege of Orléans, France, in May 1429, mainly because of Joan of Arc. She was a young French peasant who led her country to fight in the Hundred Years’ War. Under her supervision, the French defeated the invaders. The win saved France from centuries of British rule.
5. Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolution (1781)
On September 28, 1781, General George Washington began the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis. He commanded 17,000 French and Continental troops, against 9,000 British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, in the most crucial battle of the Revolution. Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington as French and American forces trapped the British at Yorktown. The British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown proved significant in ending the American Revolutionary War.
6. Battle of Trafalgar (1805)
The Battle of Trafalgar was a naval engagement fought by the British Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies during Napoleon’s War of the Third Coalition. This was one of the most decisive naval battles in history, where the British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets led by Napoleon Bonaparte at the Cape Trafalgar, fought off the coast of Spain. The British devastated the enemy fleet in merely five hours of fighting. They destroyed 19 enemy ships. 1,500 British seamen were killed or wounded in the heavy fighting. Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar ended Napoleon’s quest to invade Britain.
7. Battle of Waterloo (1815)
The Battle of Waterloo is noted for Napoleon’s forces being defeated by the British and Prussians. This marked the end of his reign and France’s domination in Europe. Napoleon advanced significantly in the French army during the French Revolution. He had seized control of the French government in 1799 and became emperor in 1804. At Waterloo in Belgium, Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington. About 25,000 French soldiers were killed or wounded and 9,000 captured, while the allies lost about 23,000. This war brought an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.
8. Battle of Antietam (1862)
The Battle of Antietam was a battle of the American Civil War. It was fought on September 17, 1862, between General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Union General McClellan’s Army of the Potomac, near Maryland and Antietam Creek. This battle was part of the Maryland Campaign, and the first field army–level engagement in the American Civil War. No side was a winner in the Battle of Antietam from the military view. North America claimed victory as Lee’s army was forced to retreat from Maryland and the Union. Also, the Confederacy was not recognized as a legal nation by Great Britain and France. It also led to President Lincoln issuing the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.
9. Siege of Leningrad (1941-44)
The Nazis invaded the USSR in the summer of 1941. During World War II, German forces began their 872-day siege of Leningrad, a major industrial centre and the USSR’s second-largest city. The blockade resulted in the deaths of about one million of the city’s civilians and Red Army defenders. The city sustained damage due to artillery attacks, air raids, and the struggle of famine. In January 1944, a successful Soviet campaign drove the Germans westward from the city, ending the siege. In 1945, the Soviet government awarded the Order of Lenin to Leningrad.
10. Operation Barbarossa (1941)
Operation Barbarossa was the code name for the Nazi invasion of the western Soviet Union to repopulate it with Germans. Hitler, who regarded the USSR as his natural enemy, aimed to destroy its armies, and capture its vast economic resources. This was the beginning of a campaign that would ultimately decide the Second World War. It started on June 22, 1941, during World War II. German and other Axis troops attacked along Russia’s 1,800-mile front. 148 divisions of the German army, 2700 aircrafts, and 3400 tanks participated in the battle.
11. Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Stalingrad was fought in the year 23 August 1942 to 2 February 1943 between Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union to get the control of the German city Stalingrad which is now Volgograd located in Southern Russia. It is one of the famous battles in history with over 2 million total casualties. Germany was defeated in the war and later the German High Command had to withdraw the military forces from the western front to accept their losses.
12. Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Gettysburg was fought in the year 1863 near the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania between Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The number of casualties was very high and hence it is also known as the war’s turning point. The Union Maj. Gen. George Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeated the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and protected it by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and even halted the invasion in the northern territory.
13. Battle of Hastings
Battle of Hastings is one of the oldest battles fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy and the English army. By this war, it was the beginning of the Norman conquest of England and taken ownership of approximately 11 kilometres northwest of Hastings which is now close to the town of Battle, East Sussex.
14. First Battle of Panipat
The First Battle of Panipat was fought in the year 21 April 1526 between the invading forces of Babur and the Lodi dynasty. The war was started in northern India and marked as the beginning of the Mughal Empire. After defeat by the forces of Babur, this was the end of the Delhi Sultanate. This is also listed as one of the oldest war in history that involved gunpowder firearms and field artillery in the Indian subcontinent. These gunpowder firearms and field artillery has been introduced by Mughals in the state. It is one of the most famous battles in history.
15. Third Battle of Panipat
The Third Battle of Panipat of fought on 14 January 1761 at Panipat around the north of Delhi, between the Maratha Empire and the invading Afghan army of (Ahmad Shah Durrani). The Afgan army was supported by the three Indian allies namely the Rohilla (Najib-ud-daulah), Afghans of the Doab region, and Shuja-ud-Daula. The Maratha army wa sledge by Sadashivrao Bhau who was third in authority after the Chhatrapati, who was the Maratha king and the Peshwa who was the Maratha Prime Minister. The forces led by Ahmad Shah Durrani came out victorious after destroying several Maratha flanks.
16. Battle of Tours
The Battle of Tours which is also known as the Battle of Poitiers and the Battle of the Highway of the Martyrs was fought on 10 October 732 and listed as one of the most important battles during the Umayyad invasion of Gaul. The war has been won by the Frankish and Aquitanian under the leadership of Charles Martel over the Umayyad Caliphate.
At first, the Germans were victorious. But the Russian army took advantage of the severe winters and counterattacked, forcing the Germans onto the defensive. This operation resulted in Hitler’s first defeat in the war. These were some of the most famous battles in history due to the turning points they created. All these battles created milestones in history and are world-renowned for their generals and happenings.
They lived in (relative) luxury
Despite les Grognards’ complaining privileges, guardsmen likely had far fewer grievances than their ordinary compatriots. Their barracks were typically cleaner and more spacious than other soldiers’ cramped hovels. Napoleon himself ordered larger bunks for taller members of the corps after noting that his soldiers’ feet were hanging over the end of their beds. Bonaparte also assigned France’s preeminent army surgeon, Dominique Jean Larrey , to oversee their health. Better food and drink was also a perk of life in the Old Guard.
Fransmännen drabbades av 2500 dödade och sårade, plus 5000 soldater, 27 kanoner och tre fångade färger. Österrikarna förlorade 2000 dödade och sårade. Moreau drog sig tillbaka och lämnade en 2400-man garnison i Milanos citadell. Den 28 april fångade Vukassovich Seruriers division vid Verderio och fransmännen förlorade ytterligare 300 dödade och sårade, plus 2700 fångade. Greniers division drog sig tillbaka till Novara medan Victor och Laboissière drog tillbaka till Valenza . En annan myndighet ger allierade förluster som 6000 och franska fångar som 7000, utan att franska dödade och sårade. Kaim fortsatte att fånga Turin den 20 juni. Milanos citadell kapitulerade den 24 maj. Nästa stora aktion var slaget vid Trebbia (1799) den 17–20 juni.
Slutsatsen i striden var dock att första republiken Frankrike 1792-1804 skapade 1797-1802 Republiken Cisalpine var nu tillbaka i händerna på den Habsburgska monarkin 1526-1804 .