Jews, Marxism and the Worker's Movement

Melech Epstein

The Jew and Communism

The Story of Early Communist Victories and Ultimate Defeats in the Jewish Community, U.S.A. 1919-1941


First Published: 1959.
Transcription, Editing and Markup: Paul Saba
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1. The New Immigration

2. The Hopeful Years

3. Confusion in the War

4. The Left Wing

5. Communism’s Birth Pangs

6. In the Underground

7. Moscow Takes a Hand

8. The New Concept

9. The Jewish Left

l0. Their Road to Communism

11. The Second Split

12. The Open Party; The Freiheit

13. A Poor Beginning

14. New Alignments

15. The Expendables

16. Victory Among Defeats

17. The Contest in the Workmen’s Circle

18. The IWO, A New Communist Arm

19. Relief Is Politics

20. Jewish Fortunes in Russia

21. Ambitious Projects

22. Birobidjan; Thriving on a Myth

23. Running to Moscow

24. Stalin Takes Over

25. The Postwar Youth

26. Branching Out

27. Fiasco and Success

28. Battling the Community

29. Feeding on Hunger

30. White Bias Show Trials

31. A Cultural Wasteland

32. Jefferson, Lincoln–and Stalin

33. Patriotism Pays Off

34. Working at Cross Purposes

35. Fat Years That Turned Lean

36. The Outstretched Hand

37. Birobidjan, A Lucrative Affair

38. Judaizing Communism

39. Strength and Moods

40. The Four Hectic Days

41. Excitement and Fury

42. The Mazel Tov Counterattack

43. Portraits in Miniature

Olgin, A Man of Contrasts

Shachno Epstein, From a Writer to a Spy

Kalmen Marmor, His Communism Was a Puzzle

A. Bittelman, More Politician than Theoretician

Israel Amter, A Saintly Communist

Jack Stachel, The Organization Man