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  • What the Jew in the Street Thinks about the Jewish Flying Hero
    but they all have the same subject on their minds Someone discovers a few pennies in the pocket of his holiday raiment and goes out to buy a Yiddish paper that has just hit the newsstand One gray hair reads about Levine s to do then another The crowd around them grows thick A little snuff is passed around with the newspaper Others just stand on the periphery and listen to what s being read and said Soon a discussion breaks out about the subject of airplanepilotology in general and about the Jewish pilot Levine in particular From somewhere outside the circle a little Jew crowds his way in and with a crooked little beard and worn out everyday clothing has his say Why are you making such a racket about this flier He flew out in a whatchamacallit in a flying machine Not so So what s all the hoo ha about I see airplane pilots ten times a day out at Coney Island It s gotten so I don t even notice them any more and here you are making a whole hullabaloo about it A second Jew with a small globular shaped head who is nonetheless a tad wider than he is tall with a grotesquely shaped belly balanced on two short stumpy legs wants to show right at the get go that s he s a big expert on the subject So he calls out I have no idea what the papers are screaming about The whole thing is a bluff Feh There was something more that he wanted to say after the uproarious laughter died down but the assembled crowd sized up this genius and he was left with nothing more eloquent to say than his final feh On the stairwell of the dispensary on Rivington Street several young women and a few older ones are discussing Levine s flight to Europe The younger folks can t quite get over Levine s sticktoitiveness and the wonder of his flying over the ocean in an air balloon Suddenly an older woman chimes in with an accent like those they have back in Berditchev Believe me all this to do on the street is a bit too much It s those people who can get across the street without getting killed who should be honored Automotos fly by with their fiendish cry crashing right into people Flying over the ocean takes less bravery than crossing a street in New York The younger women nod their heads and begin yelling at their kids to keep on the sidewalk and away from the street where the cars are whizzing by On Second Avenue near a theater several Jewish girls and boys stand looking at a poster of Lindbergh displayed in the window of an ice cream parlor The girls can t take their eyes off Lindbergh One of the young girls opines that Lindy s trip is more important than Levine s Firstly he was the first to fly

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  • President Coolidge and the Jews
    It is worth noting that the President s cable mentions only one name that of Clarence Chamberlin Two people flew from New York Two people risked their lives Two people demonstrated heroics and two people broke a record that supercedes Lindbergh s Two flew two arrived Americans both but the President of the United States only congratulated one while the other was not deemed worthy of note Not a single word as if he wasn t even there and the President of this land the President of OUR land where every man is equal didn t congratulate the man named Levine Let s say for example that Chamberlin s part in this was greater But isn t Charles A Levine the first passenger Hasn t he also earned something and not just because he is the owner of the airplane but because he demonstrated such great courage and sportsmanship In England they acknowledged him In Italy they honored him The British and Italians don t separate the name of Levine from that of Chamberlin They see in Levine s achievement greater heroism than in Chamberlin s exactly because Levine is not a pilot because he risked his life in the interest of showing the world that an airplane can also carry passengers that a trans Atlantic flight is not just a solo bravura trick but something of practical use too The whole world understands it the whole world applauds Levine because to the whole world he is a representative hero no less than Lindbergh or Chamberlin The whole world but not Washington not President Coolidge or Mr Kellogg or the various members of official America And it begs the question would Roosevelt have handled it so would Wilson have done such a thing Would Alfred Smith have done better if

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  • Headlines Fades Out
    one of yesteryear s most involved headlines for he followed the fame that accrued from his daring stowaway flight by becoming involved in many matters that had nothing to do with flying The year 1927 was the pioneer period of over the ocean flying Levine had built the huge plane named the Columbia and Clarence Chamberlin was chosen to pilot it Levine had wanted to go as a passenger but it was thought unwise to add an ounce s unnecessary weight to the plane That was the reason he stole a ride on his own plane Flights Planned Back in the United States Levine began talking about bigger and better planes bigger and better flights The only one of importance was a flight from New York to Havana with Mabel Boll called the Queen of Diamonds as a passenger Called The Millionaire Stowaway in 1927 Levine was testifying five years later that he was penniless Time soon blurred the headlines He came back to black type in 1934 when he was found unconscious in the kitchen of a friend s home with five gas jets turned on He recovered Less than a year later he was in Nevada getting a

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  • Ocean-Flyer Levine Faces Charge as Smuggling Suspect
    successful flight from New York to Germany in the old Columbia is in trouble with the Federal authorities it was learned today on charges of smuggling A complaint on file with United States Commissioner Garret W Cotter charges Levine with facilitating the transportation and concealment of some 5000 pounds of tungsten powder which was smuggled into the United States from Canada in the fall and winter of last year Levine

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  • Levine Convicted in Smuggling Case
    17 Charles A Levine first trans Atlantic airplane passenger was convicted today in Federal court of conspiracy and smuggling and concealing tungsten powder brought into this country from Canada The maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment and 15 000 fine Judge Goddard granted a motion from Levine s release in bail of 2500 until Monday when he will be sentenced Go back to exhibit page Please note that the Yid

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  • Levine, of Atlantic Hop Fame, Held in Alien Smuggling Case
    Stowaway when he and Clarence Chamberlin flew the huge plane Columbia to Germany waived removal proceedings in New York Federal court and was held in 1000 bail Asst U S Atty Russell K Lambeau declared yesterday that the illegal entrance of the alien Edward Schinek occurred last May 30 when Peter Joseph Walter Los Angeles hotel man and the latter s son assertedly spirited Schinek across the Mexican border at Laredo Tex Lambeau said that Walter went to the Hall of Records here and obtained the birth certificate of an American citizen Edward Siegel of Los Angeles and that Levine supplied the letter stating that Schinek posing as Siegel was an American businessman and an old acquaintance of the Atlantic flyer With the asserted false birth certificate and Levine s letter Schinek was brought across the border Schinek s wife in a subsequent operation according to Lambeau was hidden in a huge gasoline tank beneath an automobile and brought into the United States at San Ysidro below San Diego She was arrested for illegal entry but is now at liberty on her own recognizance Schinek has pleaded guilty to illegal entry charges and Walter has pleaded guilty to smuggling charges

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  • Levine Asks Time for Fine Payment
    500 Fined 500 and given a suspended 150 day jail sentence last month by Federal Judge J F T O Connor for conspiring to smuggle a German alien Edgar Schinek into this country Levine appeared before the jurist to explain why he had not paid the fine Through his attorney Morris Lavine the ex Brooklyn metal dealer said his wife s illness had called him to New York and that

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  • Hunted by the FBI: Charles A. Levine
    Next In 1953 Levine becomes the focus of an FBI investigation Levine had avoided paying the fine from his 1937 smuggling conviction and now the Feds want to collect Levine s case is reopened and an agent is assigned to

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