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The Polish Bund’s fight for survival and social transformation in 1930s Poland

Bernard Goldstein’s recently translated memoir Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund takes us inside the Jewish Labor Bund’s fight for survival and social transformation in 1930s Poland. The Bund stressed, under its doctrine of “hereness” (doikayt in Yiddish), that the right place for Jews was where they already lived.

Samuel Farber’s review tells the story. […]

The political-cultural struggle

Lane Silberstein, a Jewish member of Democratic Socialists of America, looks at the threat of facism on the horizon and argues: “A Jewish community that does not respect the diaspora as a place of legitimate struggle, that does not stand in solidarity with others, is in fact a companion to the rise of fascism… We no longer have leaders who can present a vision for a better future, much less the tools to get there.” […]

Revolutionary Yiddishland – a review

A review by Elfi Pallis, published in The Political Quarterly, Vol 88, No 4, Ot-Dec 2017

“This rich and poignant and often enthralling record traces the Yiddishland revolutionaries from their East European roots through the years of hope and struggle and hideous crimes to the heroic anti-Nazi resistance and beyond, with fascinating asides on Spain and Palestine. There are many lessons for today.” – Noam Chomsky […]