By Walter Roth. 2002. The unknown story of Jewish participation in Chicago's great fair of 1893 is only one of the fascinating nuggets of history unearthed and polished by Walter Roth in the pages of our quarterly journal, Chicago Jewish History. The material chronicles events and people from the late 1800s to the end of WWII. Illustrated. Paper, 305 pages. Direct from CJHS at Special Price $10.00
By Walter Roth. 2008. The second collection of articles from CJH by President Emeritus Roth, who conveys his justifiable pride in the productive immigrants, refugees, and native-born Jews who enriched the life of Chicago. The "avenger" is Sholom Schwartzbard, who assassinated Simon Petliura, whose followers had perpetrated the pogroms in the Ukraine after World War I . Illustrated. Paper, 235 pages. Direct from CJHS at Special Price $10.00
1998. How the killing of a humble Jewish Immigrant by Chicago's Chief of Police exposed the conflict between law and order and civil rights in early 20th century America. The episode took place on a cold Chicago morning in March 1908. Lazarus Averbuch, a 19-year-old Jewish immigrant, knocked on the door of the home of Police Chief George Shippy. Minutes later, the boy lay dead, shot by Shippy himself. Why Averbuch went there and exactly what happened afterward is still not known. The book does not solve the mystery, rather the authors examine the many different perspectives and concerns that surrounded the investigation of Averbuch's killing. Hardcover, 212 pages. Direct from CJHS at Special Price $15.00
Refuge reaches back more than 70 years to give voice to the last generation of Jewish victims of Nazi persecution. The film traces the lives of Holocaust survivors and refugees who today live in Chicago at Selfhelp, a home that has provided refuge for more than 1,000 elderly Central European Jews since the end of World War II. Told through the eyewitness experiences of Selfhelp's residents and founders, this is the story of remarkable courage and resilience. 60 minutes. $25.00 When purchased direct from CJHS, $5.00 of price is donated to the Society.
These items can also be purchased by check to The Chicago Jewish Historical Society, 610 South Michigan Avenue, Room 803, Chicago, IL 650605-1901.