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Career of Evil Trivia Quiz

What do you know of Meyer Lansky?

Meyer Lansky was one of the most notorious Mob bosses of the mid-20th century. He was well-connected to all sorts of crimes, literally making a career out of different evil-doings. Was he really and truly evil? You decide...

A multiple-choice quiz by LeoDaVinci. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
LeoDaVinci
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
402,725
Updated
Dec 13 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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341
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Question 1 of 10
1. Meyer Lansky was not born in the USA. In fact, he came there to escape persecution from Russia. However, when asked, where did Lansky say he was from, his family's ancestral roots? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. As a child growing up in New York City, Lansky had plenty of opportunity to meet people connected to crime. Who was one of Meyer Lansky's first friends, with whom he'd set up his first Mob? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. One of the first illegal activities that Lansky set up was street gambling, followed by stealing things for profit. However, in the 1920s in the United States there emerged a more lucrative endeavour. What was Lansky's specialty crime during that time? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel arranged for hits to be carried out, for a price, of course. They hired several associates to do the work and, through their contracts, worked for both the Italian and the Jewish Mobs. This became the framework for which notorious hitman-for-hire organization? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In May 1929, Meyer Lansky was one of the conveners of the infamous Atlantic City Conference. This was probably the first meeting between Mob bosses nationwide. What event was this conference meant to coincide with in Lansky's life? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. For his role in the National Crime Syndicate, Meyer Lansky received a very stereotypical name, especially considering his Jewish religion. What was Lansky known as? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Along with his friend Bugsy Siegel, what city did Meyer Lansky help develop, turning it into a desert oasis where money flowed freely? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Meyer Lansky was an imposing man. He towered over everyone with his height and he was well-built to boot. He was also able to dazzle people with his wit and intelligence.


Question 9 of 10
9. During World War II, Meyer Lansky tried to help the war effort. What unique way did he help the US Navy? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Meyer Lansky lived for a while in Cuba trying to establish an empire there. After the revolution, he returned to the United States, but left the country once again in 1970 to try and avoid tax evasion charges. Which country did he flee to on account of his religion? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Meyer Lansky was not born in the USA. In fact, he came there to escape persecution from Russia. However, when asked, where did Lansky say he was from, his family's ancestral roots?

Answer: Poland

Meyer Lansky was born Meier Suchowlański in Grodno, Russia (it was part of Poland from 1919 to 1939). His family left Russia after the violent pogroms against the Jews in the early 20th century. His father had already left for the USA in 1909 and Meyer Lansky followed suit in 1911. He came along with his mother and his brother Jacob and they all settled down in Manhattan.
2. As a child growing up in New York City, Lansky had plenty of opportunity to meet people connected to crime. Who was one of Meyer Lansky's first friends, with whom he'd set up his first Mob?

Answer: Benny "Bugsy" Siegel

Benny "Bugsy" Siegel was a Brooklyn kid that Meyer Lansky took a liking to. One day on the Lower East Side, Lansky came across a street craps game that was being run by Siegel. The cops showed up and Siegel had a gun. Lansky convinced Siegel to drop the gun and they escaped, but Siegel was upset that he had lost the piece. Nevertheless, the two took a liking to one another and would hang out.

This was the beginning of a life-long friendship. They realized that they both had a penchant for breaking the law and began the Bugs and Meyer Mob.
3. One of the first illegal activities that Lansky set up was street gambling, followed by stealing things for profit. However, in the 1920s in the United States there emerged a more lucrative endeavour. What was Lansky's specialty crime during that time?

Answer: Bootlegging

With the passing of Prohibition on January 16, 1920, the Bugs and Meyer Mob turned to bootlegging. It was their mentor, Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein, who realized that bootlegging could be a big business and he was the first gangster who actually put the "organized" into "organized crime". Rothstein recruited Meyer Lansky and Benny Siegel, who were working at the time for Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria, one of the heads of the "Five Families" of New York City crime.
4. Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel arranged for hits to be carried out, for a price, of course. They hired several associates to do the work and, through their contracts, worked for both the Italian and the Jewish Mobs. This became the framework for which notorious hitman-for-hire organization?

Answer: Murder, Inc.

Murder, Inc. was essentially a hitman for hire. A well-connected person could order someone's demise for the right price. It was based out of New York City but had connections elsewhere in the United States. The group was started when the Bugs and Meyer Mob was disbanded in order to try and nationalize organized crime.

They needed an enforcement arm and Lansky was able to provide the model. It was originally run by Albert "The Lord High Executioner" Anastasia and Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, but Lansky stayed connected to the group.
5. In May 1929, Meyer Lansky was one of the conveners of the infamous Atlantic City Conference. This was probably the first meeting between Mob bosses nationwide. What event was this conference meant to coincide with in Lansky's life?

Answer: His honeymoon

Meyer Lansky married Anna Citron in 1929 and the two went on their honeymoon to Atlantic City. This was deliberately meant to coincide with a meeting of Mob bosses from around the country. Lansky and his good friend Charles "Lucky" Luciano had a dream to nationalize organize crime and make it even more profitable, and they got Johnny Torrio and Frank Costello to help organize the attendees. At the conference were representatives from the Italian, Irish, and Jewish Mobs. The details about the conference are murky, but, this marked the start of the National Crime Syndicate.

Needless to say, this marriage, though it produced three children, was doomed from the start. Meyer and Anna divorced in 1946.
6. For his role in the National Crime Syndicate, Meyer Lansky received a very stereotypical name, especially considering his Jewish religion. What was Lansky known as?

Answer: Mob's Accountant

Meyer Lansky became known as "Mob's Accountant" for his role administering the finances of the newly-formed National Crime Syndicate. He was able to show, meticulously, how the different organized crime syndicates could turn an even bigger profit if they pooled their resources and cut down on competition between themselves.

He would also sic Murder Inc. on the poor souls who were unable to pay their dues. However, Lansky was also known as a man of his word and his "handshake was worth more than any contract" - a good reputation to have when dealing with the Mob's money.
7. Along with his friend Bugsy Siegel, what city did Meyer Lansky help develop, turning it into a desert oasis where money flowed freely?

Answer: Las Vegas, NV, USA

In the mid-1930s, Meyer Lansky was involved in gambling operations all over the USA as well as in Cuba. In Cuba, Lansky helped support Fulgencio Batista, the dictator, by paying him off with bribes to look the other way at Lansky's operations. Back in the States, Bugsy Siegel had an idea - to transform Las Vegas into a gambling mecca. Siegel had a stake in the Flamingo hotel and wanted to use it to lure people to spend money. Lansky supported this.

However, when the Flamingo began to suck up obscene amounts of money, Siegel became the object of scrutiny for the national Mob bosses. Lansky defended his friend until he could no more, and he, himself, eventually called for Siegel's execution. Ultimately, Lansky's investments in Vegas gambling eventually paid out for him and became a steady source of income he could rely on.
8. Meyer Lansky was an imposing man. He towered over everyone with his height and he was well-built to boot. He was also able to dazzle people with his wit and intelligence.

Answer: False

While Meyer Lansky was a significant Mob boss who held considerable sway in the world of organized crime, he was not an imposing figure physically. Even as a child he was smaller than his peers and often got picked on because of this. However, he was ruthless and calculated, and often came out on top against odds that were stacked against him.

As an adult, Lansky measured up (by most accounts) as 5'4" (1.62m) and weighed 135 lbs (61kg). As a result of this, and due to his age, he was rejected for military service during World War II, even though he did try and enlist into the US Army.
9. During World War II, Meyer Lansky tried to help the war effort. What unique way did he help the US Navy?

Answer: He provided protection for the Navy docks

Meyer Lansky was Jewish. When he got word of the Nazi atrocities that were happening in Eastern Europe, his first instinct was to try and enlist. However, he was rejected because he was 40 years old and he was small in height and weight. However, the US Navy was concerned that the Nazis would attempt sabotage at their docks and turned to Lansky to provide security.

His people patrolled the harbours for submarine-landed infiltrators and secured the area for the duration of the war. For his efforts, Lansky was able to negotiate a deal that would gain his friend and associate Charles "Lucky" Luciano a 'get out of jail free' card.
10. Meyer Lansky lived for a while in Cuba trying to establish an empire there. After the revolution, he returned to the United States, but left the country once again in 1970 to try and avoid tax evasion charges. Which country did he flee to on account of his religion?

Answer: Israel

Meyer Lansky had significant holdings in Cuba and was a supporter of dictator Fulgencio Batista, but this all came crashing down in 1959 when Fidel Castro led the revolution and seized or closed all of the Mob-held casinos that were operating in Cuba. Lansky returned to the United States and continued to run gambling operations there.

However, in 1970, Lansky fled to Israel because he was worried that he would face tax evasion charges. He sought asylum under the Israeli 'Law of Return' that grants all Jews citizenships.

However, the government rejected his petition because of his past and sent him back to the USA. He did face those charges but was acquitted in 1974. He lived out the rest of his years in Miami Beach and passed away from lung cancer in 1983 at the age of 80.
Source: Author LeoDaVinci

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