Albert Ratner's Forest City Enterprises his father and uncles built has ripped off Cleveland for millions in federal funds. Is Forest City Enterprises another Jones Day client? Is fat meat greasey?

Forest City’s Albert Ratner’s father and uncles lied their way from Russia to the U.S.

FAIR USE:  The Temptations in their “Smiling Faces” hit sang the following lyrics: “Smiling faces, Smiling Faces, Sometimes they don’t tell the truth. Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies and I got proof.” Distinguished was used to describe the Ratner brothers who appear to have fled Russia under fake names and  forged credentials; and lied their way into the USA with local co-conspirators.  From left to right they are Max Ratner, Leonard Ratner, Harry Ratner and Charles (Kalman) Ratner.

CLEVELAND, OH -In literally every biography about Forest City Trust’s “Ratner family” and the real estate development corporation that Albert Ratner once led as Chief Executive Officer; the storyline is similar to those published in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and a Stan Bullard story in Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2005.  Kalman Ratowczer or Charles Ratner is supposed to be the first member of the Ratner family to emigrate to the United States of America from Russia in 1906 out of 8 siblings. 

Published reports claim their Russian name was Ratowzer or Ratowczer in Eastern Europe. The surname was changed to Ratner upon reaching these shores.  In 1920 a Ratner family enterprise was started; and by 1925 they were building up to 1500 homes a year on Cleveland’s east side. They are supposed to be Russian Jews from Bialystok.  That’s “their” published and unverified family background story. 

FAIR USE: It would be foolish for Clevelanders not to think that Bolshevik Russian Jewish revolutionaries like these unidentified ones around 1901 did not “ratline” their way here through nations like the United Kingdom, France and others under fake names that hid their Russian identities and government-overthrowing terrorist activities. [Source Yivo Institute for Jewish Research: Elias Tcherikower Archive.]
In a story she wrote to blast President Donald Trump for his nation-protecting immigration policies, writer Lizzy Ratner confesses that her grandfather’s heroic Russian immigrant arrival here in the U.S. was based on fake identities, fake ages and forged credentials.  For some reason immigrant children and grandchildren glorify their ancestral arrival here like Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America.”  Fake African accent and all.  “I renounce my kingdom”  Bullshit.  Eddie pretended to be a mop boy while he manipulated his way into the life of American Negro woman, Shari Headley, so he could snatch her from an American Negro man, Eriq LaSalle.  

Russian Bolsheviks led by Vladmir Lenin and group of radicals were tearing up the nation during Bloody Sunday revolutions like the one in 1905 prior to World War I in 1914; and trying to bump off Tsar Nicholas, II.  They succeeded.  Anywhere from 1000 to 4000 dead.  No more monarchies.  The territories, like those where inhabitants wanted to be called Poland, were terrorizing for independence under a Communist system with them and their co-conspirators in charge. They finally got it in 1921 as members of Josef Stalin’s Communist Soviet Union.

The Ratner’s claim to be from Bialystok, Russia in the USSR which became the Poland where the Holocaust occurred. There was no Poland until 1921 when they were allowed by Josef Stalin to create a nation under the Soviet Union. It was Russia except the part of Poland controlled by Adolf Hitler and his Nazis. Poles were also Nazis; and war criminals on both sides from there ratlined their way to Cleveland under fake names. The largest concentration of Russian Communist or Nazi Poles outside Poland are in Cleveland and Chicago. Cleveland was their hiding ground and now some of their descendants are holding elected offices, rich or well-placed in government Think of all the Russian or Eastern European Catholic controlled cities in Cuyahoga County like Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Parma, Shaker Heights, South Euclid and others where American Negroes were once hanged in jails and are now targeted for police harassment. The late Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes identified Russians from these territories in the police department as the primary abusers of the city’s majority Christian and American Negro population.

The “workers” led by the lawyer, Lenin, and another lawyer on the Russian-Jewish side, Marc Borisovich Ratner, were pushing the Bolshevik revolts to the monarchist government like that which exists under the King and Queen in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.  Russia was ruled by Tsars from 1721 to 1906.

Ratner organized the Jewish Socialist Workers Party and got kicked out of Russia in 1905.  He died in exile 1917.  It’s the same year as the Russian and Catholic riots that slaughtered 300 American Christian Negro men, women and children in East Saint Louis, Illinois as they sought to spread that Communist  and Democratic Socialist filth here.  It’s the “socialist” bullshit U.S. Senator Bernie Gitman Sanders and his fellow Commies are selling.

Russian Jewish anarchist Emma Goldman was welcomed and backed by Cleveland’s Russian community.  Russian Jew Leon Czolgolz met with her in Cleveland before he traveled from Fleet and Todd Avenue to assassinate President William McKinley in 1901. She’s just one of the Russian Jews whose criminal activities here led to the Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903. President Woodrow Wilson deported her azz. Told her to get the fuck out. You like that Russian shit so much go live with it. She didn’t disrupt shit in Russia under Josef Stalin. She knew better. The Bolsheviks got the Communism they wanted. It’s why Paul Robeson kept his mouth shut.

The Yivo Institute for Jewish Research has this Ratner’s papers dating from 1902 to 1917.  The information below is from its website; and I have no evidence of Marc Borisovich Ratner being related to the Forest City Ratner family or that he secretly emigrated to the U.S. under another name.  But a “Ratner” using their real name to emigrate to the U.S. in 1906, three years after the enactment of the Anarchist Exclusion Act in 1903, would have found the doors to this country closed based on Yivo’s description of  troublemaking and unassimilable Bolshevik Marc Borisovich Ratner.

Lawyer, socialist leader in Russia.  One of the founders of SERP (Sotsialisticheskaya Yevreyskaya Rabochaya Partiia – Jewish Socialist Workers’ Party) which was based on a synthesis of nationalist and socialist ideas.  Appeared as counsel for the defense in political trials and as civil prosecutor in the trials against pogrom instigators.  Ratner initiated the campaign for recognition of a Jewish section of the Socialist International.  Born in Kiev.  In 1905 was compelled to leave Russia because of his activities.  Lived in Switzerland, Austria (Vienna) and Rumania (Iasi).

Lizzy Ratner’s story was published in The Nation magazine she writes for as a senior editor on February 20, 2017.  Its headline reads, “Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner’s Family, and Mine.”

Lizzy Ratner identifies Harry Ratner or Ozcar Ratowzer aka Osher as her grandfather.  Bruce Ratner is Harry’s son and Lizzy’s father.  Bruce Ratner was leading the company as CEO in 2012 when a $200,000 Forest city bribe was delivered to ex-New York councilwoman Sandy Annabi that included an offer to hire a cousin if she changed her vote on a $600 million development project. Annabi was prosecuted and imprisoned.  Nothing for Ratner.

According to family accounts, Harry Ratner was supposed to have been 19 or 20 at the time he boarded the Acuitania in Southhampton, England on October 23, 1920 for a 7-day boat ride to the U.S. and Ellis Island in New York.   The deceitful illegal Russian and Bolshevik immigrant’s granddaughter acknowledges in her gap-filled story that the age of 16 listed for her grandfather on the ship’s manifest is a lie.  

What her story implies through careful omission or lazy editorial research is that the family of illegal Russian “Jewish” immigrants were aided by a corrupt U.S. consul “in” Germany in 1920 who saw through their deception; and initially refused to accept their fake credentials for admission into the nation.  But because her grandfather’s oldest brother, Bolshevik sympathizer Kalman or fake named “Charles” was a Freemason, and so was the American consul in Germany in 1920, everything was “we’re all in the same club” cool.  Even that story has its curious deceptions and reeks of the suggestion officials connected to the U.S. immigration process may have accepted a bribe.

Plain Dealer files from the 1890’s and early 1900’s show “another” Ratner family already living here. The late Robert Thompson, Sr. of TomRob Developers operated at 174th and Harvard Avenue next to the old Juva De nite club. He was a client of this writer before he died pursuing reinstatement with the U.S. Department of Development. His former partner, Tom Dillon of Akron, backdoored Thompson and brought the Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises into the project. Thompson was pushed out and the project renamed “Forest City / Dillon.” Thompson was an American Negro who built Addison High Rise at 71st and Addison. His workforce was 100 American Negro as a second generation builder whose father, George, constructed the Playmor Skating Rink and WJMO. He built the now renovated roperties next to Rev. C.J. Matthews church near 79th and Woodland. Thompson said the other Ratner family was angered that the Forest City Ratners appear to have piggybacked off their name. The Albert Ratner prosecuted in the “stabbing” had also operated a horse and carriage business at 45th and Woodland Avenue.

There was no U.S. Consul “in” Germany between 1917 and 1921 during Ohio native President Woodrow Wilson’s term in office because we were at war with Germany during World War 1.  The war began on July 28, 1914 and ended November 11, 1918.

On February 5, 1917, James Gerard was the U.S. Ambassador or “Commissioner” to Germany when U.S. German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman ordered him to return home on February 5, 1917. Wilson had cut off diplomatic relations with Germany after threats were made to sink U.S. passenger ships.  Commissioner Gerard had been ordered out by the Germans a month earlier in January 1917. 

Gerard was originally detained in 1917 by German officials who thought his U.S. counterpart, a German spy named Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff, was being abused by U.S. officials.  Bernstoff was helping U.S. Germans return to Germany with fake credentials. After confirming that Bernstoff was not being treated poorly, Gerard was allowed to leave. 

The embassy remained closed for four years.  In 1920 Gerard was living in New York and campaigning for President of the United States as a Democrat when the Ratner’s were trying to illegally enter our borders after fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution from Russia through Germany with fake identities.

Russian Jews and their descendants have lied about President Woodrow Wilson being a racist for rounding up 4500 “anarchists” and deporting 249 violence and ethnic cleansing-spreading aliens back to Russia. Like the majority of White Anglo Saxon Protestant Christians whose families and enslaved American Negroes the bloodlines of the two were mixed. Russian Jews spreading their Bolshevik bullshit in the USA were slaughtering American Negro and WASP Christians. Wilson, an Ohioan, protected us all from them. Ohio then organized the largest KKK chapter in the nation. 400,000 Christians organized to protect the state against Russian Jewish and Catholic violence.  50,000 in Akron alone,  Youngstown’s KKK specifically referenced the gambling, pornography, narcotic trafficking, prostitution and homosexuality they openly promoted through organized criminals like Russian Jew Meyer Lansky.  Ohio had been a free state for American Negroes since its inception and were not the KKK “targets.” They were infiltrated.  Think about Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansmen and who helped.

When President Warren G. Harding, another Ohio native, restored relations with Germany in 1921, Gerard’s replacement was Ambassador Ellis Loring Dresel who was appointed in October of that year.  His credentials were presented to German officials on December 10, 1921; and his term ended on April 18, 1922.  Dresel had also served in Berlin with Gerard during his tenure as Wilson’s appointee in 1917 when Wilson closed the U.S. Embasssy in Berlin.

The idea of Kalman aka Charles Ratner, a Russian Jew, being a Freemason is also curious given the connection to conspiracy allegations that Freemason’s are controlled by Jewish Zionists who seek to dominate the world.  B’nai B’rith was started as a Jewish arm of freemasonry by German Jews in New York in 1843.  Russian Jews were welcomed, then, but the number of Yiddish speakers in this nation was still imperceptibly tiny.

Lizzy Ratner’s story about her grandfather’s passage to the U.S. doesn’t explain how he got from Germany to Southhampton in the United Kingdom where he boarded the Aqcuitania; and through U.S. Ambassador (Commissioner) John William Davis there to enter our borders in October 1920.  President Wilson’s appointee was born in West Virginia and there was nothing liberal about him. 

Davis (my Mother’s surname) supported lynching laws, state’s rights and argued against Brown v. Topeka Kansas Board of Education in 1954.  He believed in segregation and appears to have offered lip service condemnation of the treatment of German Jews by Adolf Hitler’s emerging National Socialist Workers Party or Nazi’s.  None of that encouraged the U.S. to be sympathetic towards the violent Russian Jewish immigrants who had engaged in years of Red Summer terrors in more than 40 cities across the U.S. in 1919.

Lizzy Ratner’s innocent portrayal of Russian Jews in the USA leaves out their racist and ugly ethnic cleansing-minded historic attacks and killings of American Negro and WASP Christians.

Lizzy Ratner conveniently and understandably omits the reason America’s doors were closed to her and Jared’s Russian ancestors.  The story she wrote portrays her Red Army, Bolshevik-loving grand’s as “victims” of oppression here and in the Russia she called Poland during the Russian Revolution or civil war in 1917.  There was no Poland until 1921 and the nation’s admittance into the Soviet Union.   It’s another fact she ignores.  These historic facts makes Lizzy Ratner’s claim her Russian ancestors, Jews or not, were given easy entrance to the U.S. by any Wilson appointee seem incredible. 

President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 had ordered U.S. Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer, and soon to be FBI Director John Edgar Hoover, to round up approximately 4500 Russian Jews and other Eastern European “Bolshevik-minded” anarchists.  249 violently disruptive and anarchist Russian Jews, specifically, were “get the fuck out” deported to Russia aboard the USS on December 21, 1919.  It was called the “Soviet Ark.”

America didn’t hate Jews at the time her ancestors arrived here.  Like every other nation immigrants are expected to assimilate into the culture and leave the shit they left where they left it.  We hated, and still hate, Communists.  Communists had engaged in violent ethnic and religious-cleansing revolutions throughout Eastern Europe and had started to spread that “pure white and anti-Christian bullshit here through Russian Samuel Gomper’s American Federation of Labor starting in 1881. 

Violent Russians like those with Gompers had engaged in violent and deadly “labor strikes” against factories whose American owners had naturally started hiring freed American Negroes who’d once been enslaved; and had intended for our ancestors to manage and work in as they’d done for free.  Gompers’ unions had the mindset of not letting “niggers” touch the tools enslaved American Negroes had helped invent and used to build the nation.  

Russian Jewish anarchist Leon Czolgosz was living in Cleveland when he assassinated President William McKinley in 1901. Two years later Congress enacted the Anarchist Exclusion Act to keep Russian Jewish Bolsheviks out of the USA. He hooked up with the woman in the mug shot above right here in Cleveland where she was welcomed by Russian Jewish immigrants with open arms.

After years of disruptively-violent and bloody labor strikes against American Negroes and White Anglo Saxon Protestant (WASP) Christians, like the Haymarket Riot in Chicago in 1886, President Wilson McKinley responded to the words of American Negro Mr. Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise address in 1896 and asked Congress to “cast the nation’s buckets down” with the people who’d built the nation without a single strike.  Mr. Washington’s words that our ancestors would deliver the riches to them in the factories they’d let us run sat well with McKinley when Congress enacted the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1899 . 

No Chinese for the next 40 years.  No more than 2789 Eastern Europeans from all over Eastern Europe a year; and that figure was reinforced in 1929 when Congress backed up the 1921 Emergency Immigration Act .  No more than 71 Russians a year could enter this country whether they were Jews or not.  Immigration was capped at no more than three percent.  Period.  No other people but Christians were going to be (and will ever be) dominant in the anti-Communist U.S.

America hardened itself even more against Russian immigration when one from Cleveland named Leon Cszolgosz met with Russian Emma Goldman (ethnic cleansing Margaret Sanger’s mentor) in 1901 and assassinated President McKinley in Buffalo.  Congress enacted the 1903 Anarchist Exclusion Act; and later the 1917 Espionage Act because Russian Jews and other Eastern European immigrants were disrupting President Wilson’s armed forces recruitment efforts during World War 1. They were operating under the guise of “free speech” to protect and promote their interests “back home” and abroad.

The Espionage Act of 1917 made it a jailable federal felony for anyone other than an authorized U.S. government official to communicate directly with the officials of foreign governments about anything.  The Espionage Act was recently used to prosecute ex-General Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort.  The Ratners, Mark Zuckerberg and even Jared Kushner’s Russian father appear to have been immune from prosecution for violating it over more recent years despite their known foreign interactions. Soviet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joked how he’d known “Jared since he was a little boy” from staying at the Kushner home in New Jersey.  

Bolshevik Russian Jewish anarchists teamed with Irish Catholics and other Eastern European Bohemians to slaughter more than 300 American Negro Christian men, women and children in East Saint Louis, Illinois three years before the Ratner family of Russian Bolshevik backers claimed they entered the nation legally. The headlines don’t reveal the full scope of deaths. [NOTE: This writer was raised in East Saint Louis from 1955 through 1969. His father drove an ambulance for the Nash Funeral Home whose owners lived through this evil. Legendary dancer Josephine Baker remembered it in her autobiography. So did trumpeter Miles Davis.]
The 1917 Espionage was enacted by Congress on June 15, 1917 less than three weeks before violent Russian Jews, Irish Catholics and other Eastern Europeans entered East Saint Louis, Illinois’ American Negro neighborhood and torched 100 homes in an effort to ethnically cleanse the city of the people whose ancestors had built the nation.  Headlines don’t reveal the final death toll of nearly 300 American Negro men, women and children “Bolsheviks” and “Bohemians” shot, beat and burned to death. 

40 cities were targeted this way during a Bolshevik uprising in 1919 known as the Red Summer.  Russian Jews and Eastern Europeans had identified nearly 300 political and business figures for assassination.

In response to their refusal to assimilate in the U.S., instead of violently trying to take it over, President Wilson in 1919 assigned U.S. Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer and FBI Director John Edgar Hoover to round up approximately 4500 Russian Jewish and Eastern European immigrants they called “anarchists.”  249 Russian Jews were deported aboard the USS Buford after their Red Summer of 1919, and murderous attacks on American Negroes in cities like East Saint Louis, Illinois, St. Louis, Tulsa, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston and more. They’d worn out their welcome and Americans wanted them controlled and gone.

All this Russian Jewish history was left out of Lizzy Ratner’s story as she portrayed her ancestors as victims instead of perpetrators of disruptive violence against the nation’s existing Christian citizens.  And it’s this history which makes it implausible that President Wilson’s ambassadors a year later would be sympathetic and ignore his and Congress’ desire to keep them out. Especially Russian Jewish Bolshevik “sympathizers” with fake names, ages and credentials.  Russian Jews were a significant presence in both the Bolshevik and Menshevik factions of Russia; and deeply involved in the mass exterminations during World War 1. 

Bolshevik leader and Russian Vladmir Lenin encouraged his government-overthrowing terrorists to “loot the looters.” The money taken was to be used to emigrate to other nations to spread his Communist filth.

The admission that her grandfather’s brother was a Red Army backing Bolshevik to the U.S. is another word for “Communist.” A loyal to America U.S.immigration official would have known it was a reason to decline him as an immigrant after leaving a nation where all its citizens had no choice but to fight and kill. The Ratner’s entering the U.S. as adults, or even teenagers, would have been caught up in Russia’s February and October Bolshevik Revolutions in 1917 before their alleged “all in the family” arrival here in and around 1920..  

After forcing Nicholas II out as tsar, the Mencheviks who didn’t want their government disrupted turned on the Bolsheviks and caused many to flee for fear of the “killing kind” of retaliation for the violence they’d spread; and the mass grave-style killings they’d done.  The 7 male and one female “Ratner siblings” were old enough to have participated on one side or the other as either Russian or territorial fighters. 

The idea that an entire family of 7 Ratner siblings with fake names and forged documents would be given access to the U.S. all at one time in 1920 by any consul is not supported by any federal record I was able to locate on Ellis Island passenger lists and records; and the National Archives.  

Not even the fake “Ratner” names appear on immigration records

The Statute of Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation started under the late President Ronald Reagan, and chaired by ex-Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, compiled over 65 million records of immigrants who entered this nation’s shores between 1820 and 1957.  The Christian Church of the Latter Day Saints, Mormons, assisted in the records complilation.

Upon a closer examination of the dates and names both here in the U.S. and in Bialystoker, Poland, which at the time was Russia, is they don’t add up.  Big money is rarely questioned.

Charles Ratner aka Kalman Ratowczer is supposed to be the first of the Ratner family to arrive here in 1906. That’s their story. It’s not reflected in “federal” immigration records.

There are 15 Charles Ratner’s and only two who were admitted entrance into the U.S. between 1900 and 1920.  One in 1909 and another in 1918. Both show Philadelphia as their last address and places of birth. There is no Charles Ratner, Charles Ratowzer, Charles Ratowcer or Kalman Ratowzer from Bialystok, Poland.  More to the point, there was no Poland until 1921 when the country became a member of Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union after World War 1.  Poland for 400 years prior had been Russia.

A Charles Ratner arrived in the U.S in 1909; but the Ellis records don’t show one for 1906.  Records show the 1909 Charles Ratner arrived aboard the Lusitania on September 2 from LIverpool, England and claimed to be a U.S. citizen whose father was born in Philadelphia.  A search for the last name “Ratowzer” produces only three results. 

The 1918 Charles Ratner arrived here from Liverpool aboard the Oduna ocean liner  The Lusitania was sank by the German navy during World War 1 on May 7, 1915.  There were 1900 crewmen and passengers aboard the British sailing vessel that carried munitions for Great Britain’s war with Germany.  1100 were killed including 120 “Americans.”

What does appear in the Ellis records are multiple listings for several people named “Ratner” who may or may not connect them to the Cleveland and Forest City Enterprises, now Forest City Trust, Ratner family.  Instead of changing their last name from Ratowzer to Ratner after they arrived on these shores, as published reports have claimed; the Ratner’s in the Ellis records arrived here with the name.  There are three different spellings for the name Ratowzer, Ratowczer and Ratowcer that produces no Ellis Island search results in 1920.

Between 1915 and 1925, Ellis Island records identify 70 “Ratner’s” entering the U.S. from different parts of the world.  60 Ratners arrived from Russia.  The earliest in 1882.  26 Ratner’s arrived here from Poland. 

A search for Bialystok in Russia or Poland under any name on the Ellis website produces no results. There appears to be no one who arrived here claiming they were specifically from Bialystok at any time between 1820 and 1957.

The earliest “Max Ratner” out of the 11 in the Ellis records arrived here from Minsk, Russia in 1905.  The next  in 1930. If this Ratner is the Cleveland Ratner, the Ellis records appear to refute the “family story” that Charles arrived first in 1906 and Max arrived years later with the other family members around 1920.   There is no Max Ratowzer from Bialystok or Russia in any Ellis record. 

The information this Harry Ratner provided to the U.S. District Court in 1928 is significantly different than the information in the Harry Ratner’s “declaration of intent” filed with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Three Leonard Ratner’s arrived in the U.S. between 1952 and 1956.  The earliest Harry Ratner’s immigration records show 1927 as a date far beyond their 1920 Forest City founding.

The only document connecting Harry Ratner or Ratowczer to the 1920 date the family claims as his time of entrance was filed with the Clerk of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on a form called a “Declaration of Intention.” That’s the only “official” record that confirms Lizzy Ratner’s story about her grandfather. There’s a “period in time” problem with this record that could make it a fraud.

According to the U.S. National Archives, “declarations of intent” were handled by any court in the U.S.  before 1906.   So an alien could file it locally with a municipal or county court.   The document expired in seven years and did not make an alien a citizen.  It simply declared their intent to “become” citizens.

Beginning on September 27, 1906 the “declaration of intent” filings had to be through the federal courts.  So the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas document Harry Ratner signed there on May 12, 1926 does not “appear” to have followed the lawful process.

1935 and not 1920 is the year Ellis Island records show a Harry Ratner entering the USA under a name family members say wasn’t changed until they arrived here. This Harry Ratner’s place of birth was identified as NA or “not applicable.”

In what apppears to be Bruce’s father, and Lizzy’s grandfather’s, petition for citizenship with the U.S. District Court in Northern Ohio and signed by Clerk of the Court A.J. Denzler on June 17, 1931 is information that makes every other document he submitted a fraudulent lie.

In that document the man who had claimed to be Harry Ratowcer admitted his real name was Aron  Ratny.  He wasn’t born in Bialystok but in Zelen, Poland on October 12, 1899.  There was no Poland in 1899.  This Harry Ratner’s age following the “family story would have made him 21 in 1920 and not 16 as Lizzy claimed was his age on the Acquitania’s passenger list.  An Ellis Island search for the name “Ratny” produces three results.  None that begin with the first name Aron.

This Harry Ratner lived at 4518 Franklin Boulevard in Cleveland, claimed to be a boiler maker and identified his race as “Hebrew.”  Hebrew is a religion.

He claimed to have declared his intention to become a U.S. Citizen with the U.S. District Court in New York on September 27, 1928.  Instead of immigrating from South Hampton, England aboard the Aquitania in October 23, 1920; he claimed to have entered the U.S. on September 28, 1913 aboard the SS Czar from Libau, Latvia.

FAIR USE: Lizzy Ratner’s tale of her family’s origins to the USA is full of inconsistencies. She’s the senior editor of the The Nation magazine. She’s also an officer in the family’s “Forest City” enterprises. She’s either a lousy researcher as a journalist whose body of work should all be questioned. Or she’s a skillful liar in a position to manipulate facts and information away from the truth. Her father, Bruce Ratner, led the company when New York politicians and others were arrested and convicted for accepting bribes on a $600 million development project. Harry Ratner’s or Aron Ratny’s granddaughter’s tale about her family history in The Nation was very tall.

Fellow Cleveland Russians John Craciun and Pavel Sops signed affidavits of witnesses claiming they had known Harry Ratner since 1926.  The federal clerk signing the document on June 17, 1931 was another Russian named F.J. Denzler.  Denzler served between 1930 and 1936.

One record appears to back Lizzy Ratner’s highly-questionable and inconsistent tale of at least how her grandfather, Harry “possibly” Aron arrived in the USA with the help of his older brother, “Kalman.”  She admits his documents and names were fake.  

The bottom line is the Ratner’s do not appear to be who they are from Albert’s “old country” perspective; and America doesn’t know what Bolshevik-backing Kalman, Harry or the others did in Russia before they appear to have fled here en masse by any means necessary during that nation’s bloody, religious and ethnic cleansing revolutions.

FAIR USE: American Negro actor Paul Robeson lived in Russia under Josef Stalin. He was an attorney who spoke 22 languages and traveled the world. He and Stalin were tight. Mt. Robeson was named after him in Russia in 1953. He got the same type of medal from Stalin that Vladmir Putin gave Rex Tillerson who served President Donald Trump as Secretary of State. Russian Jews like Martin Duberman were pissed at Robeson for not defending the Emma Goldman-types. Paul knew the Stalin the Emma Goldman’s had followed into Communism. He knew all of Josef’s boys and even his plans to send Russians to Palestine and takeover. He was there when Stalin started the NKVD in 1934; and operated back and forth from Russia and other parts of the globe until 1956.  Russian espionage began 13 years before the CIA. John Foster Dulles was President Dwight Eisenhower’s Secretary of State when he pulled Paul’s passport in 1956. His brother, Allen Dulles, had first led the CIA in 1947 after serving as Paul’s U.S. handler in Russia at the embassy. Congress didn’t ask Paul the right questions and they pissed him off. Imagine an American Negro “anti-colonialist” whose Council on African Affairs became the African Union being questioned by hillbilly’s who thought they were smarter because they were white? He could tell them “go fuck yourself” in 22 languages. Or you could have learned some “high level” shit 14 years earlier that took you the next 66 years to figure out. 33 Bolshevik Russians  are in the U.S. Congress. Now in 2020 at 1.6 percent of the U.S. population. When Paul told you he wasn’t a Communist you should have listened. He told “us” to reject that shit … too. The harder “they” denounce an American Negro the more you should listen to the American Negro. He could have told you some shit in languages not even Stalin’s people could interpret. Eloquently. No one’s more loyal to the USA than American Negroes whose ancestors built it

Mass graves exist in the various parts of Russia or Poland the Ratner’s claim as their ethnicity.  Identities of the dead in those graves all over Eastern Europe were stolen.  So was their “loot the looters” wealth.

The Ratner’s  meteoric rise to wealth and power in Cleveland seems disproportionate to the story of their humble beginnings.  Perhaps the secret to who they really are lies in an “old country” mass grave.  Perhaps they were just lucky.  Were the first Ratner’s fleeing oppression, escaping from crimes or sent here to infiltrate, disrupt and takeover?

There’s more to this family than meets the eye.  The truth behind Harry’s granddaughter’s “story” is it’s full of inconsistencies and intended deceptions with co-conspirators.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.


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