The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists
A film by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher
Anarchism, which rejected government in all its forms, was the largest radical movement among Jewish immigrants in the 1880s and 1890s and continued to attract fervent supporters in the early decades of this (20th) century.
In 1977, as the Jewish anarchist newspaper Freie Arbeiter Stimme was about to close down after 87 years of publication, the filmmakers interviewed elderly anarchists about their experiences in the movement. They talked about the conditions that led them to join, their fight to build trade unions, differences with the Communists, attitudes toward violence, Yiddish culture, and loyalty to one another.
Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists introduces us to the authentic voices of an era gone by.
Notes & Credits:
B&W and color, 60 mins.
Pacific Street Film Collective
Cinematography by Judy Irola
Editing by Kristina Boden
Music by Zalmen Mlotek
Research by Erika Gottfried
Sound by Steven Fischler
Consultants: Paul Avrich and Ahrne Thorne
- WikiPedia: Jewish Anarchism
- A Memoir, Some Anarchist Activities in New York in the Thirties and Forties by Clara Freedman Solomon
- Yiddish Anarchist Bibliography
all this stuff via www.greylodge.org