Tough Jews

Meyer Lansky at 54 St. police station, New Yor...

Meyer Lansky at 54 St. police station, New York City, being booked for vagrancy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m thinking of writing a novel based on the 1930’s Brooklyn crime syndicate Murder Incorporated.  Tough Jews was written in 1998 by Rich Cohen, son of Herbie Cohen who wrote You Can Negotiate Anything.

This is not to push the idea of Jewish gangsters being a good idea, but Tough Jews who defend themselves.  You’ve seen the stereotype.  The Jew who will not fight back.

Most Jewish gangsters came from families leaving hardship in Eastern Europe.  The hardship I have in mind here is persecution.  Meyer Lansky told a story about a man who told the Jews of Grodno, Poland to fight back.  The idea that a bully might harm you but also take off; what do you have to lose?  You see it with modern Israel.  World War II provided bitter instruction.  Human nature is still human nature.



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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2 Responses to Tough Jews

  1. YES – write it – PLEASE … you know I am one of those modern day tough Jewish broads. Fight back & NEVER surrender!!!

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