Anarchist “Rabbi” Rudolph Rocker

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Bob from Brockley on the anarchist “rabbi” Rudolph Rocker*

This month is the 50th anniversary of the death of the great Rudolf Rocker, one of my heroes. The Jewish East End Celebration Society (JEECS) is holding an event at Toynbee Hall on Sunday to mark this. There is a walk in the morning (details below) and a celebration in the afternoon.

Rocker was a non-Jewish German anarchist bookbinder who lived for a couple of decades in the East End of London as the “rabbi” of the Yiddish anarchist and labour movement there. He later lived in Germany, where he was a key figure in the syndicalist movement, and then in upstate New York, where he was associated with the Freie Arbeiter Stimme group and the libertarian education movement.

[Read it all here]

*For those interested, have a look at An Anarchist Rabbi: The Life and Teachings of Rudolph Rocker by Mina Graur.

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