This book tracks the rise and fall of an underworld culture that bred some of America's greatest racketeers, bootleggers, gamblers, and professional killers, examining the careers of such high-profile figures as Meyer Lansky and Benjamin Bugsy Siegel.
Award-winning writer Rich Cohen excavates the real stories behind the legend of infamous criminal enforcers Murder, Inc. and contemplates the question: Where did the tough Jews go? In 1930s Brooklyn, there lived a breed of men who now exist only in legend and in the memories of a few old-timers: Jewish gangsters, fearless thugs with nicknames like Kid Twist Reles and Pittsburgh Phil Strauss. Growing up in Brownsville, they made their way from street fights to underworld power, becoming the execution squad for a national crime syndicate. Murder Inc. did for organized crime what Henry Ford did for the automobile, and Tough Jews is the first in-depth portrait of these men, a thrilling glimpse at the muscle that made possible the success of gangster statesmen such as Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, and Lucky Luciano. For Rich Cohen, who grew up in suburban Illinois in the 1980s taunted by the stereotype of Jews as book-reading rule followers, the very idea of the Jewish gangster was a relief; for once, a Jew in jail did not have to be a white collar criminal. With a clear eye and a comic sensibility, Cohen looks beyond the blood and ultimately encounters each of these ruthless killers’ matzo-ball heart. Tough Jews shows what can happen when a member of the tribe combines brains, heart, and a dangerous determination never to back down.
In the hands of Jewish literary communists - themselves engaged in transgressing cultural boundaries - the figure of the Jewish gangster provides an occasion to craft a virile Jewish masculinity, to consider the role of vernacular in literature, to interrogate the place of art within a political economy, and to explore the fate of Jewishness in the "new worlds" of the United States and the Soviet Union."--BOOK JACKET.
Contains 120 brief biographies from the weekly series published in the English-language "Forward" since 1997. The biographies begin with Jews in the early Americas, including those who fought for their rights in the British colonies and then in the USA. Other entries deal with New York's Mayor La Guardia, Stephen S. Wise, and the rabbis' march on Washington to call attention to the fate of Jews in Europe. Pt. 6 (pp. 109-137) is devoted to "The Fight against Anti-Semitism, " starting in 1776. It recounts discrimination against Jews, and American Jewish protests against blood libels in other countries. Pt. 7 (pp. 139-163), "Sports, " includes items about athletes who boycotted the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and those whom America did not allow to participate. Other Jewish sports figures challenged stereotypes and broke barriers. Pt. 9 (pp. 201-241), "American Zionism, the Holocaust, and the Founding of Israel, " includes items on the tragedy of the ship "St. Louis, " the role of Jewish gangsters in opposing American Nazis, Ruth Gruber's aid for refugees and her coverage of the story of the "Exodus, " as well as biographies of Ben Hecht and Arthur Szyk.
The American Jewish Year Book, now in its 116th year, is the annual record of the North American Jewish communities and provides insight into their major trends. Part I presents a forum on the Pew Survey, “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews.” Part II begins with Chapter 13, "The Jewish Family." Chapter 14 examines “American Jews and the International Arena (April 1, 2015 – April 15, 2016), which focuses on US–Israel Relations. Chapters 15-17 analyze the demography and geography of the US, Canadian, and world Jewish populations. In Part III, Chapter 18 provides lists of Jewish institutions, including federations, community centers, social service agencies, national organizations, synagogues, Hillels, day schools, camps, museums, and Israeli consulates. In the final chapters, Chapter 19 presents national and local Jewish periodicals and broadcast media; Chapter 20 provides academic resources, including Jewish Studies programs, books, articles, websites, and research libraries; and Chapter 21 presents lists of major events in the past year, Jewish honorees, and obituaries. An invaluable record of Jewish life, the American Jewish Year Book illuminates contemporary issues with insight and breadth. It is a window into a complex and ever-changing world. Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies, and Director Emerita of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan A century from now and more, the stately volumes of the American Jewish Year Book will stand as the authoritative record of Jewish life since 1900. For anyone interested in tracing the long-term evolution of Jewish social, political, religious, and cultural trends from an objective yet passionately Jewish perspective, there simply is no substitute. Lawrence Grossman, American Jewish Year Book Editor (1999-2008) and Contributor (1988-2015)
What caused four recently bar mitzvahed middle-class youths to go on a crime spree of assault and murder in 1954? This book provides a compelling narrative retelling of the boys, their crimes, and a U.S. culture obsessed with juvenile delinquency. • Tells a fascinating true crime story involving murder, juvenile delinquency, secret sexualities, and obscene comic books from a time in American history often portrayed as idyllic and innocent • Provides revealing insights into the anxieties of the post-Holocaust Jewish-American community • Supplies a new angle on the Great Comic Book Scare and the anti-comics movement • Based on original, archival research using materials that have never been published
This new volume in the JPS Guides series is a fiction reader?s dream: a guide to 125 remarkable works of fiction. The selection includes a wide range of classic American Jewish novels and story collections, from 1867 to the present, selected by the author in consultation with a panel of literary scholars and book industry professionals. Roth, Mailer, Kellerman, Chabon, Ozick, Heller, and dozens of other celebrated writers are here, with their most notable works. Each entry includes a book summary, with historical context and background on the author. Suggestions for further reading point to other books that match readers? interests and favorite writers. And the introduction is a fascinating exploration of the history of and important themes in American Jewish Fiction, illustrating how Jewish writing in the U.S. has been in constant dialogue with popular entertainment and intellectual life. Included in this guide are lists of book award winners; recommended anthologies; title, author, and subject indexes; and more.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 76. Chapters: Jewish American gangs, Jewish American mobsters, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, List of Jewish American mobsters, Alex Birns, Dutch Schultz, Jewish-American organized crime, Max Mermelstein, Martin Krugman, Chris Rosenberg, Arnold Rothstein, Max Greenberg, Kid Cann, Monk Eastman, Mickey Cohen, Marat Balagula, Charles Birger, Louis Buchalter, Abe Reles, Jacob Shapiro, Frank Rosenthal, John Factor, Jake Guzik, Waxey Gordon, Abner Zwillman, Jacob Orgen, Max Zwerbach, Jack Zelig, Phillip Kastel, Samuel Levine, Moe Dalitz, Emanuel Weiss, Abraham Telvi, Nathan Kaplan, Abraham Landau, William Morris Bioff, David Berman, Herbert Blitzstein, Johnny Spanish, Morris Kessler, Benjamin Fein, Ike Bloom, Charles Solomon, Abe Bernstein, Jack Zuta, Jacob Katzenberg, Louis Cohen, Samuel Morton, Abraham Weinberg, Hyman Holtz, Gus Greenbaum, Harry Horowitz, Albert Tannenbaum, Harry Rosen, Moe Sedway, Joseph Stacher, Evsei Agron, Samuel Weiss, Boris Nayfeld, Hyman Lamer, Harry Sagansky, Hyman Abrams, Andrei Katz, Joseph Rosenzweig, Irving Feinstein, Harry Strauss, Shapiro Brothers, Joseph Linsey, The Purple Gang, Leonard Patrick, Yiddish Black Hand, Philip Kovolick, Joseph Toblinsky, Vach Lewis, Martin Goldstein, Hyman Martin, Abraham Friedman, George Weinberg, Philip Paul, Benjamin Tannenbaum, Louis Kravits, The Bugs and Meyer Mob, Hyman Amberg, Whitey Krakow, Harry Keywell, Joseph C. Amberg, Harry Tietlebaum, Isadore Friedman, Harry Greenberg, Louis Amberg, Bernard Rosencrantz. Excerpt: This is a list of Jewish-American mobsters and organized crime figures, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. Alex Birns (February 21, 1907 - March 29, 1975), also known as Shondor, was a notorious Jewish-American mobster and racketeer from Cleveland, Ohio who was once labeled as the city's Public Enemy No. 1 by the local...
"Myron Sugerman's memoir, The last Jewish gangster: from Meyer to Myron, is more than just arivetingg account of the author's nearly sixty-year career as an international outlaw in the field of slot machines and casinos. It's also a fascinating meditation on a variety of themes: aging, respect, adventure, greed, and man's tendency to be his own worst enemy. Although it's chock-full of hilarious anecdotes about Mr. Sugerman's hapless cohorts in what he calls "disorganized crime," the book also contains life lessons for those perceptive enough to look for them -- lessons on how to differentiate calculated risk-taking fromcompulsivee gambling, and on how to maintain one's place in the world as one grows older. The last Jewish gangster follows its author from 1959 to the present day as he travels the globe from Europe to Africa to South America to Asia, rubbing shoulders with dangerous men and legendary mob figures like Longie Zwillman, Meyer Lansky, Joe "Doc" Stacher, Gerry Catena, Tony Bananas Caponigro, Tommy Ryan Eboli, and many others. The story covers everything from his dealing with the fearsome Cali Cartel to his attempt to help famous Nazi hunter Simon Weisenthal track down the angel of death, Josef Mengele in Paraguay. The remarkable book contains something to pique the interest of any reader -- gritty crime stories, harrowing adventure, twentieth century history, and Jewish religious philosophy -- and the perspective of a man who has lived a long life and seen more than most of us have imagined seeing."-- Cover page 4.
Ethnic organized crime is a phenomenon that has been largely ignored by social scientists and historians, and dismissed as a subject not to be taken too seriously by those researching the mobility patterns of their own ethnic ancestors or current minority newcomers. The Crooked Ladder represents a groundbreaking attempt to describe how some members of ethnic minorities have utilized organized crime as one vehicle of upward mobility, advancing from lower-class status to middle-class power and respectability.O'Kane illustrates the criminal road to prosperity as a process of displacement and succession: each group competes with and eventually eliminates its more established predecessor from the upper echelons of organized crime. This historical criminal succession mirrors the upward mobility of the Irish, Jews, and Italians in the larger, conventional noncriminal realm. Arguing that African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics are pursuing similar criminal routes, O'Kane takes issue with contemporary social scientists who view the current plight of minorities as unique in American social life.As a fundamental rethinking of the American ethnic experience with crime, The Crooked Ladder will be essential reading for social historians, sociologists, and criminologists. Now available in paperback, it will be useful in criminology courses and well as classes in ethnicity and social relations.
The Media & the Mob: Exploring the Mafia Mystique is a fascinating look at the world of media stereotyping. Its a complex issue, shaped in large part my misperceptions, the need, at times, to hype stories for promotional purposes, and by some insensitivities incurred by writers in their haste to get stories completed. This book examines one of the most pervasive ethnic stereotypes that of Italians and Italian Americans and organized crime. While ethnic stereotyping is certainly not the sole province of Italians, it has certainly been one of the most prevalent in both entertainment and news media alike. In this book Quartararo has given the reader an inside look into the mindset of a large news media organization and the process it used for vetting news stories, along with insights into the perceptions and misperceptions that can be created in how news stories are packaged and presented. While this meeting between Italian American representatives from academia, politics and the community at large and high level television broadcast news executives at took place 30 years ago, the discussion is as relevant today as it was then! Both sides came away with a better understanding and appreciation of the other. We hope the reader will do the same.
A cultural study draws on advertisements, etiquette manuals, sermons, and surveys, offering insight into how many modern Jewish-American observances have been adapted and developed into distinctive forms of expression. Reprint.
American Jewish leaders, many of German extraction, created the Industrial Removal Office (IRO) in 1901 in order to disperse unemployed Jewish immigrants from New York City to smaller Jewish communities throughout the United States. The IRO was designed to help refugees from persecution in the Pale of Russia find jobs and community support and, secondarily, to reduce the Manhattan ghettoes and minimize antisemitism. In twenty-one years, the IRO distributed seventy-nine thousand East European Jews to over fifteen hundred cities and towns, including Chino, California; Des Moines, Iowa; and Pensacola, Florida. Wherever they went, these twice-displaced immigrants wrote letters to the IRO's main office. Robert A. Rockaway has selected, and translated from Yiddish, letters that describe the immigrants' new surroundings, work conditions, and living situations, as well as letters that give voice to typical tensions between the immigrants and their benefactors. Rockaway introduces the letters with an essay on conditions in the Pale and on early American Jewish attempts to assist emigrants.
Issues for 1900/01- include report of the 12th- year of the Jewish Publication Society of America, 1890-1900- (issued also separately in some year); issues for 1908/09- include Report of the American Jewish Committee for 1906/08- (issued also separately in some years).