The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma's Jews #usa


The first major religious pogrom in the US (not counting wars against Native Americans) may have been the "Bloody Monday" massacre in Louisville, KY, 6 August 1855.  Nativist Protestants attacked German and Irish Catholic immigrants.  Estimates on the number killed range from at least 22 to higher.  

One of many such pogrom-like incidents not commonly taught in school.


Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine

Peter Cohen

The firsthand description of pogroms set forth in the Cowen report is eerily similar to the description of the Tulsa riots that survivors have recently been giving on TV.  Who says we don't have pogroms in the US?
Peter Cohen


My grandparents got married in New York in 1920 and my grandfather sold his shares in the family Hay and Feed business for $1,100.00. They were enticed to go to Tulsa, OK by my ancestor Ben Horwitz and off they went. My grandmother was pregnant with my father who was born in Tulsa in July, 1921. They didn’t last long in Tulsa and returned to New York. When asked why they left Tulsa they would refer to the Klan and the general anti-semitism. The Tulsa weather was the final straw!

Jill Meyer

Searching for:

MEYER – PERLMAN, GOLDSTEIN, KATZ, LEVINE (Russia, Manchester England, Brooklyn, Oklahoma)

HURWITZ – KAPLAN, LEIBOWITZ, KAHN (Belarus, California, Oklahoma, New York City) 

COHEN - STERN, LEVY, FRIEDMAN (England, Germany, Philadelphia, New York City)

ROTHSCHILD – STRAUSS, LITCHFIELD, PARADIES (Germany, England, Philadelphia, New York City)


Emily Rosenberg

My Jewish aunt was a radical activist in a  conservative Tulsa in the  post-War years.  Among dozens and dozens of civic activities, she taught about the race riots at Tulsa University.  Here is a recording of her telling some amazing stories about the white denial situation in the 1960s.  
Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland

Phil Goldfarb

There has been a lot on the National News this week regarding the Tulsa Race Massacre. President Biden is in Tulsa today for the 100th anniversary of one of the worst racial massacres in United States history. I had written my May 2021 monthly article for the Tulsa Jewish Review on the subject and Zach Rothbart from the the National Library of Israel took it, enhanced it, and published part of it today. Jewish Tulsans helped African American citizens who had developed the "Black Wall Street" in Tulsa as they recalled what happened to them in the "old country." with pogroms. 

The Tulsa Race Massacre and Oklahoma’s Jews:  How local Jews - some with fresh memories of European pogroms - did their small part to help victims of one of the worst acts of racial violence in US history

Phil Goldfarb
President, JGS of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA