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Thirteen representatives of local Jewish socialist groups secretly met in the stable of a tiny wooden house in the outskirts of Vilna on 7 October 1897. This date was chosen because it fell on the... [Item of the Day]
When the World War broke out in 1914, the socialist parties in Europe rallied round their governments. On 5 September 1915 dissident socialists from eleven countries had a meeting in Zimmerwald,... [Item of the Day]
The Italian crime fighter and socialist Enrico Ferri (1856-1929) was known as the 'Scourge of the Camorra'. Ferri was one of the founders of modern criminology. He rejected a legal system based on... [Item of the Day]
Robotnik, the newspaper of the Polish Social-Democratic Party PPS, focused on the Spanish Civil War in July and August 1936. The Polish socialists were going strong. They signed a non-aggression-... [Item of the Day]
The murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico on 21 August 1940 had a tremendous impact. In Belgium, shocked and angry sympathizers gathered at the home of Henri Mandel. Lode Polk, one of the founders of the... [Item of the Day]
Rosa Luxemburg, imprisoned in the Breslau penitentiary, was able to continue working on her herbarium. Her secretary Mathilde Jacob, the only one able to visit her in prison, brought along the plants... [Item of the Day]
Socialist politician and philosopher Jean Jaurès (1859-1914) was accorded the status of 'grand homme de la patrie' (great man of the nation) when his ashes were removed to the Panthéon in Paris on 23... [Item of the Day]
On May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion declared independence for Israel in Tel Aviv, and he became the country's first president. However, within 24 hours the neighboring Arab countries attacked the new... [Item of the Day]
The Dutch AJC was founded in 1918 to educate labour youth both physically and mentally. In the first few years, however, it was not always clear how to achieve this. The Dutch eagerly watched their... [Item of the Day]
On March 28, 1932, the Dutch Onafhankelijke Socialistische Partij (Independent Socialist Party) was established. It was a left wing split off from the social-democratic party. Meijer Bleekrode... [Item of the Day]