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Author Goldstein, Bernard, 1889-1959,
Title Tsvantsig yor in Varshever "Bund." English
Twenty years with the Jewish Labor Bund : a memoir of interwar Poland / Bernard Goldstein ; translated by Marvin S. Zuckerman ; preface by Victor Gilinsky ; introduction by Emanuel Sherer, General Secretary, Jewish Labor Bund.
Imprint West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, [2016]

Author Goldstein, Bernard, 1889-1959,
Series Shofar supplements in Jewish studies.
Shofar supplements in Jewish studies.
Subject Ogólny Żydowski Związek Robotniczy "Bund" w Polsce.
Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw.
Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 424 pages) : illustrations.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-412) and index.
Summary Bernard Goldstein's memoir describes a hard world of taverns, toughs, thieves, and prostitutes; of slaughterhouse workers, handcart porters, and wagon drivers; and of fist-and gunfights with everyone from anti-Semites and Communists to hostile police, which is to say that it depicts a totally different view of life in prewar Poland than the one usually portrayed. As such, the book offers a corrective view in the form of social history, one that commands attention and demands respect for the vitality and activism of the generation of Polish Jews so brutally annihilated by the barbarism of the Nazis. In Warsaw, a city with over 300,000 Jews (one third of the population), Bernstein was the Jewish Labor Bund's "enforcer," organizer, and head of their militia-the one who carried out daily, on-the-street organization of unions; the fighting off of Communists, Polish anti-Semitic hooligans, and antagonistic police; marshaling and protecting demonstrations; and even settling family disputes, some of them arising from the new secular, socialist culture being fostered by the Bund. Goldstein's is a portrait of tough Jews willing to do battle-worldly, modern individuals dedicated to their folk culture and the survival of their people. It delivers an unparalleled street-level view of vibrant Jewish life in Poland between the wars: of Jewish masses entering modern life, of Jewish workers fighting for their rights, of optimism, of greater assertiveness and self-confidence, of armed combat, and even of scenes depicting the seamy, semi-criminal elements. It provides a representation of life in Poland before the great catastrophe of World War II, a life of flowering literary activity, secular political journalism, successful political struggle, immersion in modern politics, fights for worker rights and benefits, a strong social-democratic labor movement, creation of a secular school system in Yiddish, and a youth movement that later provided the heroic fighters for the courageous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. I Go Home -- 2. Back in Warsaw -- 3. Praga -- 4. Seven Lions -- 5. First of May Demonstration in Praga, 1920 -- 6. Pogrom at the Praga Bund Club -- 7. Janek Jankelewicz -- 8. Cracow Convention -- 9. Hail of Persecutions -- 10. Illegal Work -- Once Again -- 11. Danzig Convention -- 12. Coming to the Defense of the Movement -- 13. Organizing the Bund Militia -- 14. Communists and the Underworld -- 15. 1922 Election Campaign -- 16. Unifying the Trade Union Movement -- 17. Slaughterers Union -- 18. Three Slaughterer Dynasties -- 19. Transport Workers Union: Back Porters -- 20. Back Porter Types -- 21. Rope and Handcart Porters -- 22. Food Workers Union -- 23. Bakers Union -- 24. Bagel Bakers and Peddlers -- 25. Day in a Slaughter House -- 26. Jewish and Polish Meat Workers -- 27. At Parties and Celebrations -- 28. Resistance: The First of May Demonstration, 1923 -- 29. Struggles over the Saturday Edition of the Folkstsaytung -- 30. Commissar Cechnowski -- 31. Kalmen the Bootmaker's Death -- 32. Pilsudski Coup, the PPS, and the FRACs -- 33. FRAC Militia -- 34. New Gang of Communist Strong-Arms -- 35. Communists Shoot at a Workers Convention -- 36. Morgnshtern -- 37. Labor Sports Olympiad in Prague -- 38. Ominous Dark Clouds on All Sides -- 39. Concerns about Self-Defense -- 40. Wave of Wildcat Strikes -- 41. Attempted Murderous Assault on Me -- 42. In Zakopane -- 43. Attacks on a Night School -- 44. Medem Sanitarium Attacked -- 45. Another Attempt on My Life -- 46. Krochmalna Street -- 47. Fat Yosl -- 48. Khaskele -- 49. "Malematke" -- 50. Yukele -- 51. Troubles with Cultural Awakening -- 52. Militia Comes to the Aid of Bundist Members on the Warsaw City Council -- 53. First of May Demonstrations Under the Pilsudski Regime -- 54. Joint First of May Demonstration with the PPS -- 55. In Red Vienna -- 56. Street Fights with the Polish Hitlerites -- 57. Battles over the Boycotting of Jewish Businesses -- 58. "Ghetto Benches" in the Universities -- 59. My Son at the SKIF Camp -- 60. Bakers Union Turns Away from the Communists; The Murder of Neuerman -- 61. Nathan (Nokhem) Chanin's Visit to Warsaw -- 62. Three Bloody Attacks in One Day -- 63. Temptations and Doubts -- 64. Shloyme Mendelson -- 65. In the Trap of the Shetshke Gang -- 66. FRACs Try to Take Over the Newspaper Deliverers Union -- 67. FRAC Transport Workers Union and Itshe "Zbukh" -- 68. Returning Stolen Goods to a Leather Merchant -- 69. Among the Retail Clerks; Another Worker Murdered -- 70. Auctioning off the Folkstsaytung -- 71. Defeat for the Priest, Father Trzeciak -- 72. Przytyk and the Protest-Strike on March 17, 1936 -- 73. Pogrom in Minsk-Mazowiecki -- 74. Antisemitic Hooligans Kill a Jewish Child during a First of May Demonstration -- 75. Oenerowcy Leaders Are Taught a Lesson -- 76. Guarding the Folkstsaytung -- 77. Pogrom in Brisk -- 78. Bund's Warsaw Locales -- 79. Bombing of the Bund Offices -- And Our Answer to the Oenerowcy -- 80. Oenerowcy Attempt to Murder Comrade Henryk Erlich -- 81. December 18, 1938 -- 82. Final Look at Our Youth.
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ISBN 9781612494463 (electronic bk.)
1612494463 (electronic bk.)
9781557537492 (electronic bk.)
1557537496 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 949381001
Additional Format Print version: Goldstein, Bernard, 1889- Tsvantsig yor in Varshever "Bund." English. Twenty years with the Jewish Labor Bund. West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, [2016] 9781557537492 (DLC) 2015048692 (OCoLC)932302627.