Borscht Belt reds

Xxxx Xxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx at
Sun May 13 18:24:08 MDT 2001

I have always been interested in Jewish working class organizing and
Marxism, Lou. This piece on Catskills is very interesting. It is sad to see
how the growing "capitalization" of  Catskills has curbed the radicalism of
 Jews living there. Is is possible to protect the Yiddish culture?

bye, Xxxx
Xxxx Xxxxx Xxxxxx
Ph.D Student
Department of Political Science
SUNY at Albany
Nelson A. Rockefeller College
135 Western Ave.; Milne 102
Albany, NY 12222

> From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at>
> To: marxism at
> Cc: Phil_Brown at; paul_buhle at
> Subject: Borscht Belt reds
> Date: Sunday, May 13, 2001 7:32 PM
> [I grew up in Sullivan County in upstate NY, an area that at one time was
> home to a thriving resort area that catered to NYC's mostly working-class
> Jews. Hence the term "Borscht Belt." The hotels began to go bankrupt one
> one after the 1950s, as Jews became more affluent and left the oppressive
> tenements for the suburbs. As might be expected, many of these Jews were
> the left, especially those who were employed as garment workers. The
> trades was traditionally leftist, divided between CP and social
> unions. By the 1950s, the leftwing culture had largely died out, not just
> because of growing affluence, but because of the witch-hunt as well.

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