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Håkan Blomqvist: The Jewish Labour Bund in Sweden – an unknown experience

mars 30 @ 14:00 - 14:45

Bundhemmet i Mälarbaden, Torshälla, i mars 1946. På väggen hänger en bild på Hjalmar Branting. På vepan står det "Välkomna!!! Leve socialism". Foto: YIVO

Welcome to a Nordic Labour History Network digital seminar!

Håkan Blomqvist presents his book on the history of the Jewish Bund in Sweden and his findings from the YIVO archives.

Organized by Jewish refugees from camps in Poland and Germany and transmigrants from the Soviet Union Bundists gathered to rebuild their non-zionist worker’s party around socialism and Yiddishkeit. How did the Bundists in Sweden try to orient themselves in the new world of emigration, cold war and the coming of Israel after the Holocaust and personal traumas? Swedish labour history, aswell as Swedish Jewish history, for a long time ignored the existence of the Jewish Labour Bund in Sweden after the Second World War.

The collection at YIVO, Institute for Jewish Research, in New York, contains the archive from Bundist groups in Sweden during the post war decade from 1945. This archive has not been used earlier.

Håkan Blomqvist is a Swedish labour historian, focused on labour and nationalism aswell as racism and anti-semitism. He is affiliated to the Institute of Contemporary History at the Södertörn University.

The seminar is free of charge but you must register before 26 March 2021, through filling in the web form below. You will receive a zoom-link by e-mail a day before the seminar.

See our other seminars.

Contact: Silke.Neunsinger[at] 


mars 30
14:00 - 14:45
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Nordic Labour History Network (NLHN)