I had the privilege to be introduced by Herman Taube, a longtime contributor to the Forverts. In his short speech, Taube — a prolific poet — told the audience that his relationship with the paper began on April 18, 1947, four days before its fabled 50th anniversary (see above picture).
As Taube and his wife, both refugees from World War II, disembarked from the S.S. Ernie Pyle, they were approached by a young writer named Isaac Metzker, who asked to interview them. Taube noticed Yiddish letters on the paper stuffed in Metzker’s pocket, and he asked the newspaperman what sort of publication it was. The rest, as they say, is history: Taube contributed to the Forverts for next 60 years.
Alana Newhouse, the Forward’s Arts & Culture editor, is touring the country, speaking about her new book, “A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life From the Pages of the Forward.”