Reminiscing about a 1940 party
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Reminiscing about a 1940 party

Sandy Markowitz (Courtesy JHS)
Sandy Markowitz (Courtesy JHS)

Sandy Markowitz of Morristown, pictured, gave this one-of-a kind photograph to Linda Forgosh, who is both his neighbor, and the executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey. It’s of Ben Markowitz’s bachelor party, on February 15, 1940. Ben Markowitz was Sandy’s father.

The party was at Richie “the Boot” Boyardo’s Victoria Castle on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark; Names that may resonate with New Jersey Jewish News readers include Abe Green and Barnet Sugerman, owners of Runyon Sales; Tip Rosen; Lou Halper, who was a professional boxer; one of the brothers of the notorious bootlegger Longie Zwillman; Eddie Vogel; Dave Stern; Heckie Cohen; and Jake “Mohawk” Skuratofsky. Some of these men were members of the group known as Newark’s Minutemen and are included in historian Warren Grover’s acclaimed novel, “Nazis in Newark.” The JHS hopes that NJJN readers will email Ms. Forgosh at lforgosh@jfedgmw.org with names of others in the photo, what businesses they owned, or how they made a living.

Becoming a member of the JHS is a way to preserve the history of Jewish life in Greater MetroWest. For more information, go to jfedgmw.org.

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