ON May 19, 2022, the Battle of Homestead Foundation presents a free Zoom program marking the 100th anniversary of a brutal murder of Herman Martius, an immigrant shopkeeper and political activist in Erie, Pennsylvania … a murder that came to symbolize the civic and social turmoil besetting American Democracy in the 1920s.
Death of a Jewish Radical in Erie, 1922: Echoes from a Century Ago features historians Kipp Dawson and Lou Martin presenting their research on the crime, investigation and community aftermath.
Ms. Dawson is a granddaughter of Herman and Beatrice Martius and has integrated her family’s unique story with the historical events of the day. Dr. Martin is an associate professor of history at Chatham University specializing in American labor and working-class history.
A CENTURY LATER, the murder of Herman Martius remains unsolved. But many of the dangerous political currents in the divided America of his time have resurged in our own.
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