The London Years
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.
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Review: The London YearsUser Review - Ryan Milbrath - Goodreads
This book provides Rocker's autobiographical account of his anarchist organizing work in London with the Yiddish socialists and his internment during World War I. I found the book to be very good at ... Read full review
Review: The London YearsUser Review - Pranjal - Goodreads
As you'd expect from an account of Rocker's expulsion from Germany, organizing efforts among the Jewish textile workers of London, and subsequent persecution during the First World War, the subject ... Read full review