This Day in Jewish History 1899: 'Children of the Ghetto' Premieres in New York, Gets Skewered

Previews of very Jewish universalist's play went great, which made the critics' savage take all the more surprising.

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On October 16, 1899, the play “Children of the Ghetto,” by Israel Zangwill, had its New York premiere performance. The play, an adaptation of Zangwill’s 1892 novel of the same name, tells the story of...