Communism and pro-Soviet feeling among the Jews of ...



Title Communism and pro-Soviet feeling among the Jews of East London, 1935-45
Author(s) Henry F. Srebrnik
Journal Immigrants & Minorities [Great Britain]
Date 1986
Volume 5
Issue 3
Start page 285
End page 304
Abstract In the 1945 general election, a Communist was elected to Parliament from Mile End, Stepney, a constituency populated in large part by working-class Jews of East European origin. Pro-Soviet feeling in the preceding decade was strong, and was translated into ideological and political activity on behalf of the USSR by various East London branches of trade unions: friendly societies such as the Arbeter Ring [Workers' Circle], Yiddishist groups, and popular front organizations such as the Jewish Fund for Soviet Russia. In late 1943, two prominent Soviet Jewish emissaries, Itzik Feffer and Shloime Mikhoels, visited England. Among their hosts were the Jewish organizations of Stepney. The effects of their tour, and the emotional intensity with which East London Jews followed the course of the Russo-German war, were instrumental in creating the climate of opinion enabling the CP to post its 1945 victory.

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