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TOPIC: Jews and organized crime
Created by: Nkenswing
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Tough Jews, Fathers, Sons and Gangsters' By Rich Cohen Simon and Schuster

Arnold Rothstein was the founding father of American organized crime. He was murdered in 1928. He left a legend and a myth and also a tribe of notorious "boys": Louis Lepke Buchalter, the first builder of an empire of crimes which produced in 1940 around $2 million a year, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegal, Dutch Schultz, Abraham Twist Kid Reles, Pep Strauss, Mendy Weiss, Gurrah Shapiro, Red Levine and many others. They were Jews, criminals and murderers. They also did not hesitate to murder other Jews who dared to challenge them in the underworld. They left a "legacy" to be followed by the Italian "disciples" of Rothstein: Lucky Luciano, Joe Adonis, Louis Capone, Albert Anastasia and many others.

Cohen is an excellent writer and a superb story teller. He conducted research of his own and produced a fascinating account of the life of these criminal Jews. His book: "Tough Jews, Fathers, Sons and Gangsters" (Simon and Schuster, 1998, New York) will stir debate about the "contribution" of Jews to America. First: Jews do not tend to be only white collar kind of criminals. They can be cruel murderers. Second, Jews invented organized crime. Third, Jews were the first ones to describe themselves as businessmen. They turned the crime into business and they built a network of crimes: gambling, prostitution, smuggling, extortion and protection money. Fourth, sad to say they were the first drug dealers in America!! Fifth, they were often "good Jews". They went to synagogue and they defended Jews against American Nazis and anti-Semites. These are the conclusions from Rich Cohen's exciting to read book: "Tough Jews is a fascinating read back into the history of organized crime," wrote Martin Scorcese. And Mario Cuomo defined this book as "unusually entertaining". Larry King, a friend of the family, said, "WOW. What a book. . . You do not have to be Jewish to love Tough Jews." He is right. The book is rich with engrossing, vivid, violent anecdotes. Cohen covered the era from 1918 to 1950.

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I don't post in her threads. She's the one who felt the need to come here and attack me...

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And what exactly did I post that was insulting? Did I call jews names? Did I write anything disrespecful?

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Her message wasn't anti-anything. Well, anti *you*....

Pissing contests like this get us nowhere.

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I don't know what she said but I'm sure it's some anti-semetic garbage.

She wants to keep a thread about Israel going for years but get's upset when we talk about jewish/american history.

I accept that my people aren't perfect and have criminals. Can't help it if you don't like the history of yours.

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Oh dear, he's posting a book? nice.

Can someone relay a message to the creep that if he watches the Boardwalk empire he wont have to be typing it here, and can just watch it on the boob tube!

Furthermore, the movie Once Upon A Time in America can help him with his obsession with Jews as well.

You all weren't around when his profile name was Livewire. The antisemitic crap that he used to post was keeping him offline for quite a bit.

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From different sources.

I find the subject fascinating.

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An accountant? Oy vey!

Didn't see that coming.

At least we won't need to buy the book since you seem to be posting the entire contents here.

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Eventually Lansky and Siegel became involved with Italian gangster Charles “Lucky” Luciano. Luciano was behind the formation of a national crime syndicate and allegedly decided to murder Sicilian crime boss Joe “The Boss” Masseria on the advice of Lanksy. Masseria was gunned down in 1931 by four hit men, one of whom was Bugsy Siegel.

As Lanksy’s influence grew he became one of the mafia’s major bankers, earning him the nickname of “The Mob’s Accountant.” He managed mafia funds, financed major endeavors and bribed authority figures and key individuals. He also channeled a natural talent for numbers and business into developing profitable gambling operations in Florida and New Orleans. He was known for running fair gambling houses where players did not have to worry about rigged games.

When Lansky’s gambling empire expanded to Cuba he came to an agreement with then Cuban leader Fulgencia Batista. In exchange for monetary kickbacks Batista agreed to give Lansky and his associates control of Havana’s racetracks and casinos. He later became interested in the promising location of Las Vegas, Nevada. He helped Bugsy Siegel convince the mob to finance The Pink Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas – a gambling venture that would ultimately lead to Siegel’s death and pave the way for the Las Vegas we know today.

So I guess they did help the italian mob get established.

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Check this out:

Meyer Lansky was a powerful member of the mafia during the early to mid 1900s. He was involved with both the Jewish mafia and the Italian mafia and is sometimes referred to as the “Mob’s Accountant.”

Meyer Lansky was born Meyer Suchowljansky in Grodno, Russia (now Belarus) on July 4, 1902. The son of Jewish parents, his family immigrated to the United States in 1911 after suffering at the hands of pogroms (anti-Jewish mobs). They settled in New York City’s Lower East Side and by 1918 Lansky was running a youth gang with another Jewish teen who would also become a prominent member of the mafia: Bugsy Siegel. Known as the Bugs-Meyer Gang, their activities began with theft before expanding to include gambling and bootlegging.

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Think you already know this history? Think again. This is an American tale told by the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in downtown Las Vegas. Open since February, and already better known as “The Mob Museum,” it is essentially an American Jewish history museum by another name.

The museum tells the story of American organized crime, from its birth in the ethnic slums of established cities like Boston, New York and Chicago to the city the mafia itself begot, the Mojave metropolis of Las Vegas. The institution is the brainchild of Oscar Goodman, the flamboyant Philadelphia-born mafia attorney whose clients included Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein. Goodman went on to serve as mayor of Las Vegas from 1999 until 2011.

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