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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