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Trinity of PassionThe Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830758

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882368_wald

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The Conversion of the Jews

The Conversion of the Jews

(p.176) 6 The Conversion of the Jews
Trinity of Passion

Alan M. Wald

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter observes that the post-World War II moment brought a mix of disillusion, uncertainty, anger, and cynicism resonating in the new mass-market venues for radical writers. It presents a brief profile of Aaron Kramer (1921–97), a Jewish American Communist for two decades and a prolific poet who secured his reputation after the 1930s—which dramatizes some of the salient features of the Jewish American experience with Communism, especially that of first- and second-generation Eastern European Jews. The chapter notes that the inordinately large number of Jews in the intellectual apparatus of the Party as well as the panoply of cultural networks that appeared as part of the broader social movement was a pronounced feature that grew even more obvious during the antifascist crusade when Aaron Kramer found his poetic voice.

Keywords:   Aaron Kramer, Jewish American Communist, poet, Eastern European, antifascist

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