Yiddish Revolutionaries in Migration

The Transnational History of the Jewish Labour Bund

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Author: Frank Wolff
This ground-breaking history of the General Jewish Labour Bund in migration investigates how the organisation transformed itself from a revolutionary protagonist in early twentieth-century Russia to a socialist institution of secular Jewish life and yidishkayt for Jews in North and South America. By following thousands of activists’ paths from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the working-class Yiddish neighbourhoods of New York and Buenos Aires, Frank Wolff traces the networks that connected these revolutionaries on both sides of the Atlantic, resulting in a richly detailed social history of this seminal transnational movement.

This book was first published in 2014 as Neue Welten in der Neuen Welt: Die transnationale Geschichte des Allgemeinen Jüdischen Arbeiterbundes, 1897–1947 by Böhlau Verlag, Köln, ISBN 978-3412222116.

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Frank Wolff, PD Dr. habil., is a historian and researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University. His other publications include Die Mauergesellschaft: Kalter Krieg, Menschenrechte und die deutsch-deutsche Migration 1961–1989 (Suhrkamp, 2019) and What Is a Migration Regime? Was ist ein Migrationsregime? (Springer VS, 2018).
Preface
Editorial Note
List of Figures and Tables
Abbreviations

Introduction

Part 1 Conceptualising the Bund as a Social Movement



1 Bundist Activism

2 Activism Patterns in Eastern Europe: Constituting the Transferable

Part 2 ‘Exalted Moments of Our Romantic Past’: Community Building through Collective Remembrance



3 Remembrance as Activist Practice: Initial Considerations

4 The Bundist Press: From Agitational Publications to Transnational Memorik

5 Memories beyond ‘Me’ and ‘Us’: Bundist Autobiography as Social Formation

6 Preserving Collective Knowledge in Migration: Collective Biography and Questionnaires

7 Preliminary Conclusions

Part 3 Old Masses in New Streets: Transnationalising the Bund



8 Between Here and There: Bundist Gatherings Overseas

9 Reproduction as Creation: Worker Organisation and Secondary Bundism

10 Politics, Economics, Yidishkayt: The Tangled Web of Class Struggle and Cultural Work

11 Passing on Yidishkayt: Transfers and Limits of Bundist Educational Work

12 Relief Funds as Weapons: From Revolutionary Fundraising to Transnational Cultural Work

Conclusion, or: The Ambivalence of Bundist Modernity

Bibliography
Index
All interested in Jewish Studies, Jewish history, mass migration to the Americas, the socialist and labour movements, memory studies, transnational social movements, and twentieth-century Eastern European, US and Argentinian history.