The Jewish Mafia (Allegedly referred to as the Kosher Mafia)
was formed in North America in the late 1930s / Early 1940s.
The architect of this formation was the infamous Meyer Lansky.
Meyer Lansky had the know how and influence to organise many
powerful Jewish gangsters around the country under the umbrella
of the emerging 'national crime syndicate'.
worked closely with the likes of Lucky Luciano and aided him
in his fight against the old-line italian mafiosi then under
the competing leaderships of Joe the Boss Masseria and Salvatore
Maranzano. These old-world Sicilians, especially Masseria, hated
gangsters of other ethnic derivation, he worked with them only
when absolutely necessary and looked forward to the day they
could remove them from the equation. Luciano and Lansky realized
there was no room in the underworld for such counter-productive
bigotry, and they plotted to get rid of both Masseria and Maranzano.
a very bloody war that ended in 1931, both Masseria and Maranzano
had been removed. it then became necessary for Lansky and Luciano
to "sell" their program of "brotherhood"
to their Jewish and Italian followers.
set about the task of uniting the Jewish gangs across the country.
His work brought in the Purple Gang from Detroit and the Moe
Dalitz forces operating in Cleveland. He followed this up with
a meeting of East Coast forces at the Franconia Hotel in New
York City NY on November 11, 1931. Those attending included
the likes of Bugsy Siegel, a longtime partner of Lansky and
Luciano; Louis "Lepke" Buchalter; Joseph "Doc"
Stacher; Jacob "Gurrah" Shapiro; Hyman "Curly"
Holtz; Louis "Shadows" Kravits; Harry Tietlebaum;
Philip "Little Farvel" Kovalick; and Harry "Big
explained to the attendees that Luciano had successfully united
the Italian mafiosi, and that the Lansky-Luciano partnership
or national crime syndicate was the only way forward. Everyone
agreed, and the Franconia conference established a firm base,
"The yids and dagos would no longer fight each other,"
the quotation attributed to Bugsy Siegel.
jewish gangsters who were thought to be unsuited to the new
way of shared wares, such as Waxey Gordon, the bootleg king
of Philadelphia, were eliminated.