Such were the days!

JVL Introduction

In 1896 the Jewish Chronicle report of the International Labour Congress held in London found the resolution of the Leicester Trades’ Council much to its liking: “That all restrictive laws for the prohibition of landing of pauper aliens in all countries, should be abolished”.

Its report commented: “This is, I suppose, a resolution to which all Jews, of whatever nationality, or political and economical convictions, may fairly say “aye”.”

It noted with pride the Jewish delegates: the German Jews, Herr Singer and Edward Bernstein; the Austrian Dr Victor Adler; “from Austrian Poland, Miss Rosa Luxemburg, by birth a Russian Jewess”; as well as Bernard Lazare from France and, “on the platform the daughter of the Jew who made Socialism a science…Karl Marx”.

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