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Basis of Russian Anti-Semitism: The History and Forces Behind Stalinist Bigotry (1952)

Author: 

Abe STEIN
A survey of the history and forces behind Stalinist Anti-Semitism. It was written at the time of the "Doctors' Plot" and on the eve of Josef Stalin's death.

[Between 1949 and the death of Josef Stalin in 1953, the Stalinist press all over the world kept up a tremendous barrage of ant-Semitic "anti-Zionist" propaganda. By the time Stalin died, a show trial of 5 Jewish doctors accused of poisoning leaders of the USSR, was being prepared. Mass deportation of jews, or worse, would have followed the trial. Stalin died in March 1953 and his successors called off the trial and released the accused doctors. In 1956 Stalin's successor, Nikita Kruschev, put out an account of Stalin's ingrained anti-Semitism.

African Americans, 1947: We want to be free!

The US Army which won World War Two, and prided itself on its victory over the Nazi racists, was itself segregated.

From Labor Action, 9 June 1947 - "We Want to Be Free in a Free Country, in a Free World...." by Ernest Rice McKinney.

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Immigrants - Another Day: Dutch Workers Help Chinese Immigrants Collect Unemployment Insurance from Nazis

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Labor Action, 1942
Chinese emigrants and Dutch workers in Holland unite against the Nazi Occupation forces.

Swedish papers report that 150 Chinese dock workers employed at the harbor of Rotterdam, [in German occupied] Holland, refused to load a shipment for the Nazis. The Nazi official deprived
them of unemployment insurance payments in reprisal. Immediately, Dutch workers organized to help the Chinese and collected 3,000 guilder for them.

Labor Action, 21 September, 1942

After the March on Washington (Max Shachtman, 1963)

Author: 

Max Shachtman

This speech was made by Max Shachtman soon after the famous March on Washington for civil rights of 28 August 1963, and appeared in New America, the paper of the Socialist Party (USA), on 24 September 1963.

It is not the Shachtman of the 1940s and early 50s, but the call for an alliance with the labour movement is interesting and valuable.


The superb demonstration for civil rights has come to its grandiose conclusion, as you know. And we of the Socialist Party are immensely proud and gratified over its spectacular triumph.

This speech was made by Max Shachtman soon after the famous March on Washington for civil rights of 28 August 1963. It is not the Shachtman of the 1940s and early 50s, but the call for an alliance with the labour movement is interesting and valuable.

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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: 63 Heroic Days

Author: 

JACQUES (1949)
The story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising told on its 6th anniversary in Labor Action, April 4 1949

There will be no memorial meet-
ings held in Warsaw this April to
commemorate the desperate uprisings
of the Jewish Ghetto that look place
on April 19, 1943. The 50,000 Jewish
workers still living at that time rep-
resented just ten per cent of those
who had been crushed together by
the Nazis into the wallcd-in ghetto
section of Warsaw in October, 1940.
The rest had been hunted down in
batches in the continual manhunt of
the SS (Hitler's stormtroops). to be
exterminated in the gas chambers of

Stalin's Slave Laborers. The Extent and Significance of a Modern Phenomenon (1947)

Author: 

Jack WEBER. (Louis Jacobs)
The extent of slave labour in Russia became widely known only at the end of the Second World War. Louis Jacobs (Jack Weber), an "Orthodox Trotskyist" "defender of the Soviet Union" until 1946, tells the terrible story of Stalinist slave labour,

History records no greater crime
than that of the Stalinist regime in its treatment of the victims
in the concentration camps. Hitler's methods were not origi-
nal. They ran parallel with, if they were not mere copies of
those utilized by Stalin. If Hitler sent millions of people, pri-
marily the Jews, into the gas chambers, the Russian camps
have crushed, dehumanized and done to death more victims
than all other concentration camps combined. For a time the
war brought a decrease in the slave labor population of the

Why Stalin Needs Slaves: Forced Labor Under Bureaucratic Collectivism (1947)

Author: 

Irving Howe
Forced Labor Under Bureaucratic Collectivism (1947

The experience of all ages and nations demonstrates that the work done by slaves, though it may appear to cost only their maintenance, is in the end the dearest of any ... [The slave] can have no other interest but to eat as much and to labor as little as possible. Whatever work he does beyond what is sufficient to purchase his own maintenance can be squeezed out of him by violence only, and not by any interest of his own. (Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations)

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