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Retired Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edwin Torres (left)

Retired Judge and Mafia Historians Reveal the True Alliance Between the Italian and Jewish Mobsters of Brooklyn

BROOKLYN — Italian and Jewish mobsters, respectively Mafia  ‘La Cosa Nostra’ and ‘Kosher Nostra,’ came together to make money in America during the 1940s — but the dividing lines between the two groups never fully went away.

“The Guineas are comin’! Let’s get the Sheenies!” the Jewish Brownsville Boys would shout as they chased Ocean Hill Italians from back up to Atlantic Avenue, writer Ron Ross described of a typical Brooklyn scene during a panel last week on Italian and Jewish mob history, “La Cosa Nostra Meets the Kosher Nostra: From the Ghetto to the Boardroom.”

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