25 February 2022

Published February 23, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction (Based on a true story)
Word Count: 100


“What do you plan to do about Reverend Ahlwardt, sir?”

“What can I do? It’s America.” Theodore Roosevelt gazed at people on the crowded sidewalk below. “As police commissioner I’m dutybound to protect this German hatemongering windbag’s freedom of speech.”

“The whole Lower East Side is likely to protest.”

Imagining the violence the so-called minister’s antisemitic lecture could cause in his city, Theodore grimaced. “Yes, it’s liable to get ugly. Sergeant Levine. I’m trusting you to put your best men on security detail. Might I suggest Officers Cohen, Weinberg, Kaminsky, Horowitz, and Levy?”

With a grin, Sergeant Levine saluted. “Yessir!”

There’s a reason I wrote him into my novels. 😉

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65 comments on “25 February 2022

    • Dear Anne,

      When I was writing him into my novel, I researched Roosevelt and antisemitism to make sure he fit the way I wanted him to. I was delighted to come across this bit. Of course the conversation is fictitious, but the event is pure truth. Thank you.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    That Teddy. The more I read about him, the more I like him. What a sneaky and clever thing to do! And you, what a clever and wonderful way to give us a bit of history.

    Shalom and lotsa Teddy-Bear love,


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  • That’s the type of person who should be a leader, someone who stands up for people, especially the underdog.

    I looked up Hermann Ahlwardt in addition to reading the backstory. He seemed like a glowing example of humanity. The first line of his Wikipedia bio is, “After stealing money collected for the children’s Christmas party in 1889, Ahlwardt was fired from his job as a primary school principal.” He’s definitely someone who should be judging other people. 🤦‍♂️

    Interesting story as always, Rochelle.

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  • Dear Rochelle
    You include plenty of detail about Roosevelt’s motivation and the neat way he made the unwanted cleric look ridiculous without compromising free speech. And you do it so concisely, with lovely, lively dialogue.
    Penny xx

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  • Is it just me, or was I less cynical in those days? It seems that politicians were people you could, in the main, look up to and respect in those days. Maybe experience gives you a jaundiced view, but when I look around at people on the world stage these days… 😦 A fitting story, well told as always.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      I’m not sure you were less cynical then. It seems, at least over here, that United has become more untied. So much venom being spewed today. I fear there are no good guys any more.
      Thank you for your kind words re my story.




    • Dear Heather,

      I don’t know a lot about most of our presidents, save the most recent ones in my lifetime. 😉 As I’ve researched TR, he’s become a personal hero. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Again, welcome to Friday Fictioneers.




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