The Press: The Victim of Success

On Manhattan's drab Lower East Side, a group of aged journalists made a momentous break with custom. For the first time in its 65 years, the Jewish Daily Forward, a Yiddish language paper, began printing part of each issue in English. This was no territorial raid on the city's strike-silenced newspaper giants; it was a humble effort by the Forward to stay alive. Said Business Manager Adolph Held, a little sadly: "Now, maybe, our readers will show the Forward to their children."

The children of Forward readers do not read the paper, because they cannot. As the second-generation...

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