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The London Yearsby Rudolf Rocker
Rudolf Rocker was an amazing man, and his story is an amazing story. A German anarchist exiled to London, he learned Yiddish and organized the radical Jewish community from the time he arrived to the time he was arrested during WWI. From teaching the classics to forming labor unions, from editing papers to organizing mass demonstrations, Rocker was a man whose sole goals were human dignity and total liberation.
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Rudolf Rocker, a German Catholic fleeing political persecution, moved to London to become the acknowledged leader of the Yiddish-speaking Jewish anarchists. There, at a time of mass immigration by impoverished Jews—persecuted by a right-wing press and an “anti-alien” movement—he organized demonstrations of up to 25,000 against the contemporary Russian pogroms. Rocker established the Jewish Bakers Union in a community action where housewives would only buy union label bread, and most famously, in 1912, organized a general strike of Jewish tailors, which abolished the sweatshop system. The London Years is the autobiography of a remarkable man and chronicles this vanished world.
Rudolf Rocker, the main theorist of anarcho-syndicalism, edited numerous Yiddish political and cultural journals.
Book News Annotation:
German Jewish anarchist Rocker (1875-1958) became the leader of the Yiddish-speaking Jewish anarchists in London, introducing that mass-movement to world literature, organizing huge demonstrations against the contemporary Russian pogroms, editing Yiddish political and cultural journals, and setting up Jewish trade unions. This part of his autobiography recounting time in London was first published in 1952 in Yiddish and 1956 in English. Colin Ward provides an introduction.
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The autobiography of a remarkable man and a window into a long-forgotten world.
About the Author
Rudolf Rocker is one of Anarchism's most cherished characters. Born in Germany, Rocker settled in Britain in 1895, learned to read and write in Yiddish and became a beloved member of the Jewish Anarchist movement until his death. As a proponent of the workers movement known as Anarcho-syndicalism, Rocker wrote for journals in German, Yiddish and English throughout the world. Colin Ward is the author, and editor of dozens of books on urban planning, architecture, education, and anarchism. His most recent titles include Anarchy In Action, Talking Anarchy, and The Allotment
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