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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January 12: Expulsion from Sicily

A Jewish community of between 30,000 and 50,000 that was forced to convert to Catholicism or depart from Sicily reached its deadline on this date in 1493. Their expulsion, ordered on March 31, 1492 edict by the monarchs of Spain, the ruling power in Sicily, left behind a large number of conversos who were then […]

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October 18: Mayor of Amsterdam

Job Cohen, the progressive mayor of Amsterdam from 2001 to 2010 and the world’s first public official to conduct same-sex marriages (on April 1, 2001), was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands on this date in 1947. Cohen’s paternal grandparents died in Bergen-Belsen; his parents were in hiding during the war years and were among […]

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