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The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Labor Bund

Nazism and Stalinism Delivered Blows; Ideology Did the Rest by Philip Mendes From the Autumn, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents The Jewish Labor Bund was one of the most important leftwing Jewish political organizations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It played a key role in the formation of the Russian Social Democratic […]

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March 24: Jews in the Kościuszko Uprising

When the Polish rebellion against Russia led by Tadeusz Kościuszko began on this date in 1794, a Jewish regiment was formed, led by Dov Baer (Berek) Joselewicz (1764-1807). Kościuszko was a veteran of the American Revolution; Joselewicz had been in Paris at the time of the French Revolution. He joined the Polish militia before petitioning […]

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September 11: The First International Anti-Semitic Conference

The Conference for Safeguarding Non-Jewish Interests, the first international anti-Semitic conference, convened in Dresden, Germany on this date in 1882. Among the delegates were three members of Hungary’s parliament, where the National Antisemitic Party (Orszagos Antiszemita Party) was formed the following year and won seventeen parliamentary seats as well as control of the Pressburg municipal […]

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July 30: Farewell to Spain

The entire Spanish Jewish community, some 200,000 souls, was thrown out of Spain on this date in 1492. At least 50,000 others would avoid expulsion by being baptized and joining the country’s large population of conversos, who would continue to face persecution by the Inquisition. The expulsion took place on Tisha B’Av, the traditional day […]

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November 5: The Glorious Revolution

The invading fleet of William of Orange landed in Brixham in the southwest of England on this date in 1688, launching the “Glorious Revolution,” which led to the overthrow of King James II and prevented the reestablishment of Catholicism in England. The revolution, backed by much of the English gentry and clergy, also led to […]

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