By Professor Eve Rosenhaft
During this ebook Eve Rosenhaft examines the involvement of Communists in political violence throughout the years of Hitler's upward thrust to strength in Germany (1929-33). in particular, she goals to account for his or her participation in `street-fighting' or 'gang-fighting' with nationwide Socialist storm-troopers. The origins of this clash are tested at degrees. First Dr Rosenhaft analyses the reputable coverage of the Communist occasion in the direction of fascism and Nazism, and the certain anti-fascist and self-defence companies which it constructed. one of the elements of Communist coverage which are explored are the relation among the overseas disagreement among Communists and Social Democrats as claimants to steer the left, and the consequences of this dispute in German politics; the ideological problems within the implementation of Communist coverage in a interval of monetary dislocation; and the organizational difficulties posed through the struggle opposed to fascism. Dr Rosenhaft then explores the attitudes and event of the Communist rank and dossier engaged within the fight opposed to fascism, focusing on the town of Berlin, the place a fierce contest for regulate of the streets was once waged.
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Extra info for Beating the Fascists?: The German Communists and Political Violence 1929-1933
38 In March 1930 the Comintern Executive issued a statement which echoed the self-confidence of three generations of organized workers: 'The Bolsheviki began their conquest of the workers from St Petersburg. '39 It was in the traditional areas of working-class settlement that the KPD had its strongholds. 'Red Wedding' was the most celebrated of these. The site of two major electrical works employing over 60,000 people, as well as of large breweries, tanneries and engineering works, Wedding had a working-class population of 5 7 per cent in 192 5.
Even predominantly proletarian areas comprise groups of people - shopkeepers, landlords, publicans, policemen, resident or habitually on the scene - whose interests are different from those of their customers, tenants, patrons or charges, as well as occupational groups whose attitudes and aspirations diverge. Even if the Communist Party had not had to compete with Social Democracy for the allegiance of the workers, as the circumstances of its formation made inevitable, its power to control what went on in the neighbourhoods would never have been unchallenged.
With universal manhood suffrage, moreover, the residential area, as electoral district, became a political unit as well. Through the activities of a Social-Democratic movement concerned equally with the transformation of working-class life and the winning of votes all these themes came together to form an image of the working-class neighbourhood in general, and of certain sections of Berlin in particular, that was already highly politicized by the opening years of the Weimar Republic. 125 on Sat Aug 03 14:04:52 WEST 2013.
Beating the Fascists?: The German Communists and Political Violence 1929-1933 by Professor Eve Rosenhaft