1881(1st of Elul, 5641): Rosh Chodesh Elul
1887: The body of a young woman which had been found in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was identified today as Lizzie Kauffman a German Jewish girl who had moved to American three years ago with her two brothers.
1897: The two wills of David Blumenthal were filed at the Surrogate’s office today.
1904: Mortimer L. Schiff and Adele Neustatdt gave birth to their only son John Mortimer Schiff who “was the father of Dorothy Schiff, the owner and publisher of the New York Post. (As reported by William Blair)
1907: Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds.
1943: Germany declared martial law in Denmark. As the Nazi s prepared for the deportation the Danish Jews, Danes ferried over 6,000 Jews to safety in Sweden. This was one of the most famous acts of courage when it came to saving Jews during the Holocaust. Why, when so many others were willing to sit idly by and watch the Jews go their death or to help the Nazis in their work did the Danes behave so bravely and nobly? Some would say that the behavior of the Danish people was a modern miracle. It is a topic we can discuss some Monday night when we get to twentieth century Europe.
2009: As the fall semester starts at the University of Iowa, offers course styled Biblical Hebrew I which “is the first in a sequence of classes designed to give students the tools necessary to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language.”