Joshua Meyers is a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University researching the history of modern Jewish politics in Eastern Europe, the intersections between radical politics and nationalism, and the role of ideas in the political arena. He is currently working on a book about the Jewish Labor Bund in the Russian Revolution. @DrJoshMeyers1
The Bund by the Numbers: The Ebbs and Flows of a Jewish Radical Party
The Jewish Labor Bund was a major force in Russian Jewish life, expanding the political arena to be more democratic in nature and driving the creation of a new political and economic discourse in Yiddish. So I was shocked to learn that in 1910, the Bund had a mere 609 members—down from approximately 35,000 five years earlier. The speed with which the Bund and other Jewish political parties in the Russian Empire could rise, fall, and rise again reflects the pressures the community was under, resulting in both sober caution and daring, desperate dreams.
May 06, 2020
Texts & Translation
אַ ביסל קלאָרקייט און פּשטות אין דער שפּראַכן־פֿראַגע
A Bit of Clarity and Simplicity in Regard to the Language Question