Jewish Bund Attack on Vladimir Jabotinsky

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Jewish Bund Attack on Vladimir Jabotinsky


About 1936, Ze'ev (Valdimir) Jabotinsky, the Zionist - revisionist leader, visited Poland to organize the revisionist movement in Poland and to warn Polish Jews about the impending catastrophe. For example, on the Ninth of Av 1938 (anniversary of the fall of the First and Second Temples) he wrote in Warsaw:

It is already THREE years that I am calling upon you, Polish Jewry, who are the crown of World Jewry. I continue to warn you incessantly that a catastrophe is coming closer. I became grey and old in these years, my heart bleeds, that you, dear brother and sisters, do not see the volcano which will soon begin to spit its all-consuming lava. I see that you are not seeing this because you are immersed and sunk in your daily worries. Today, however, I demand from you trust. You were convinced already that my prognoses have already proven to be right. If you think differently, then drive me out of your midst! However, if you do believe me, then listen to me in this twelfth hour: In the name of G-d! Let anyone of you save himself, as long as there is still time, and time there is very little.

What else I would like to say to you on this day of Tisha B’Av is whoever of you will escape from the catastrophe, he or she will live to see the exalted moment of a great Jewish wedding - the rebirth and rise of a Jewish state. I don’t know if I will be privileged to see it, but my son will! I believe in this, as I am sure that tomorrow morning the sun will rise.

Eliminate the Diaspora or the Diaspora will surely eliminate you.

The large anti-Zionist Communist organization, The Jewish Bund had developed an ideological dogma of "do-igkeit (here-ness) which maintained that Jews would best develop their culture in the various countries in which they were rooted. Considering the huge migrations of Polish Jews to the north America after World War I, including many Bundists, as well as the international character of Yiddish culture,  the basis for this philosophy in reality was unclear. They ridiculed Jabotinsky and and his warnings and wrote:

The Zionists are unable and unwilling to understand that we Bundists cannot accept, even for a moment, the trappings of a capitalist society. They, on the other hand, wish to remain within these trappings. Because they adapt themselves to the existing capitalist society, they cannot understand the urgency of our struggle in Poland.

"We Bundists wish to shatter the existing economic frameworks and show the Jewish masses how a new society can be built not by escape but by struggle. We link the essence of the Jewish masses' life to that of humankind."

Viktor Alter, Neyer Folkseytung, February 19, 1937, p. 29,

. "No, it is not we who are creating a sense of alienation between the Jewish masses and Poland; this is being attempted by those who have supported Jewish reaction wherever and whenever it occurs, who wish to turn the Jewish masses into a collective of fanatics who are alien to the ideology and struggles of Polish workers. It is an attempt by Polish nationalists, who declare publicly that Poland is merely a temporary home for Jews and that they have to leave as quickly as possible because Poland is anti-Semitic.

"Our party alerts and will continue to alert the Jewish masses of the fate they share with those in whose country they live.

"[The Bund] urges and will continue to urge the Jewish masses to feel that they are Polish citizens, worthy not only of equal rights with others but also of equal responsibilities. [The Bund] was and remains the liaison between the Jewish masses and life in Poland, for the Polish proletariat's struggle for a better future and complete freedom in their shared homeland."

Neyer Folkseytung, June 20, 1937

For Jabotinsky they reserved special treatment, as exemplified by the flyer translated below. In a few short years,  the people who had written these documents, and those those who had read them, would nearly all be dead in the catastrophe that Jabotinsky had foreseen. Undeterred, many of those who survived continue to adhere to the same ideology.

Ami Isseroff

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To the Jewish Workers and Jewish Masses of Vilna

The leader of the Revisionists, the Spiritual Father of Jewish Fascism, the Paper General, Vladimir Jabotinsky is coming to Vilna.

Of late, this adventurer and political charlatan has become very "popular". He has come to us to Poland with a grandiose plan to redeem the Jews from their Polish Galut.  His plan bears the military title evacuation.

In the name of the Jewish "folk" he publicly calls for the evacuation of three million Jews from Poland, which is to say, he simply asks for them to be driven out of the country.

Jewish Workers and Jewish Masses

At a time when masses of millions of Jews are fighting with the greatest of zeal and bitterness for work and for bread, at a time when the "Endeks" (National Democratic Polish Organization), the Polish Hitlerites, and all the other anti-Semites and reactionaries are shouting in one voice: Jews must leave Poland!  At this very time Zionist and  Revisionists choose to bring forth their basest and most criminal of schemes.  Gruenbaum came first, and launched the slogan that Jews must emigrate from Poland, and now Vladimir Jabotinsky comes with his evacuation plan.

The "Endeks", the members of the Polish "NORA", (National Organization of Radical Academicians) the anti-Semitic senators-are all gasping with
pleasure.  For at last, "decent" Jews have shown up to openly endorse the "Endek's" anti-
Semitic plans to drive the Jews out of Poland.

ewish Workers and Jewish Masses

On the 6th and 13th of September, during the elections held in the Jewish Community, and on the 27th of September, voting in the municipal elections of the city of Lodz, Jewish masses of all the cities and towns cried out to the entire world.

We are citizens with equal rights in this country!  We shall fight for work and for bread, for life and for rights here in Poland!  We do not wish to escape from Poland!  We shall not permit charlatans and adventurers to speak in our name!  Together with the workers of the entire country, and under the leadership of the Jewish Working-Class party-the "Bund", we shall fight and win the battle for a better life!

Jewish workers and Jewish masses of Vilna!  Show your contempt for the Purim General and give him his military command:

Panie (Sir) Vladimir, evacuate yourself along with your friends from Poland!
Down with Facism and Anti-semitism!
Down with Revisionism!  Down with Jabotinsky!
Long live Socialism! Long live the "Bund"!
                        THE VILNA COMMITTEE OF THE "BUND"
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