Anarchy in the Uruguay!
“And stay out.” Simon Radowitzky leaves Ushuaia Prison in Argentina for deportation to Uruguay in 1930.
The violent history of anarchism in Argentina is inextricable from the story of the country’s importation of thousands of European Jews. Historian José C. Moya, whose essay “What’s in a Stereotype?” serves as a scholarly introduction to the subject, relates that many studies “have shown what seems to be a remarkably high level of participation among the Ashkenazim” in twentieth century anarchist movements.
Various historians have asserted that in Russia the anarchist movement was born and attained its highest intensity in the Jewish towns of the western and southwestern borderlands.
From the towns and shtetls of the Pale, emigrants took this militancy to the ghettos of European and American cities. In London’s East End they founded in 1885 the Arbeter fraynd, apparently the first Yiddish anarchist newspaper, which by 1905 reached…
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