The Jewish Question A Marxist Interpretation by Abram Leon

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During the opening years of the 21st century, anti-Semitic venom and incidents of violent assault on Jews have begun spreading. They are not a historical aberration. They are fueled by today’s capitalist crises and fracturing of the post–World War II imperialist “order,” described in recent decades as “globalization.” 

At every turning point in history—from antiquity through feudalism, to capitalism’s rise and the imperialist death throes of the past century—Jews have been targets of persecution. Including the genocide cold-bloodedly touted by Hitler as the “Final Solution.” 

Why is Jew-hatred still raising its ugly head? What are its class roots? Why is there “no solution to the Jewish question under capitalism, just as there is no solution to other problems before humanity,” without revolutionary struggles that transform us as we fight to transform our world? 

Abram Leon was killed in October 1944, at age 26, in the Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz. He left us this book to help answer those questions.

2020 edition includes new introduction by Dave Prince, 32 pages of photos and illustrations, 7 pages of maps, a glossary, expanded index and revised translation.

“Leon’s approach is that of the orthodox Marxist . . . His analysis . . . is refreshingly lucid and sensible, and it offers us the opportunity to examine a solid statement of the materialistic interpretation of the Jewish question.” –Commentary


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    Posted by Doctor Stewart Montgomery on 25th Aug 2021

    This is a scholarly and comprehensive introduction to the history of Jews within history; the sections on Judaism within capitalism is of particular interest. Very importantly, the author destroys a myriad myths about Jewish people and shows how the struggle against anti-semitism is inextricably linked to the class struggle. The application of Marxist theory to this question offers powerful insights to the reader and I can recommend this text without hesitation for those wanting to understand clearly contemporary perspectives on the Jewish question.