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Tracing the ‘Jewish Freedom Fighter’. The legacy of Naftali Botwin and the construction of a transnational cult of Jewish heroes
Zaagsma, Gerben mailto [University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > >]
Le Culte des héros en Europe centrale 1880-1945
[en] The Cult of Heroes in Central Europe 1880-1945
Balázs, Eszter
Royer, Clara
Eur’Orbem Éditions - Paris Sorbonne
Études et travaux 2019
[en] Jewish History ; Yiddish Studies ; Contemporary History ; International Brigades ; Spanish Civil War ; Jews and the Military, ; Modern History ; Jews and Politics ; Jewish Press
[en] This article discusses the transnational heroic cult that developed in Yiddish communist circles around the figure of Naftali Botwin, a young Polish-Jewish communist who was executed by Polish authorities in the city of Lwów, following a trial in which he was convicted for assassinating a police infiltrator in the ranks of the Polish Communist Party (KPP). The discussion highlights how Botwin’s legacy was appropriated in multiple, and sometimes contrasting, ways in the decades following his death, especially within the context of the creation of the Botwin Company in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. In doing so it will also highlight the transnational nature of this cult, as his memory lived on through poems, plays and publications that circulated through the worldwide networks and communicative spaces of Jewish (leftist) émigrés.
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Digital History & Historiography (DHI)
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