‘The Free Voice of Labor – The Jewish Anarchists’ documentary

This is a great documentary about the longest running anarchist newspaper in Yiddish. The late 19th/early 20th century was a time of fierce labour struggles in the US; it was also a time in which the working class had a thriving culture with many newspapers, magazines, etc. discussing everything from class conflict and sweatshops to music and poetry. The Free Voice of Labour was one of these newspapers. The documentary also a number of Yiddish protest songs (with subtitles)!

“The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists” traces the history of a Yiddish anarchist newspaper (Fraye Arbeter Shtime – The Free Voice of Labor) publishing its final issue after 87 years. Narrated by anarchist historian Paul Avrich, the story is mostly told by the newspaper’s now elderly, but decidedly unbowed staff. It’s the story of one of the largest radical movements among Jewish immigrant workers in the 19th and 20th centuries, the conditions that led them to band together, their fight to build trade unions, their huge differences with the communists, their attitudes towards violence, Yiddish culture, and their loyalty to one another.see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freie_Arbeiter_Stimme


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