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Social Unionism in Action

Anti-Nazi efforts from the Jewish Labor Committee, 1936.

Jewish Labor Committee Records Part 1, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

David Dubinsky and the ILGWU played key roles in the founding of the Jewish Labor Committee, which worked tirelessly to educate Americans about the dangers of Nazi power and to save the lives of its intended victims.

This program cover is from the World Labor Athletic Carnival, held in 1936 in New York City’s Randall’s Island Stadium. The event was organized by the Jewish Labor Committee to counter the 1936 World Olympics being hosted by Nazi Germany in Berlin as a showcase of fascist strength.

For an extensive look at the role of the ILGWU in the Jewish Labor Committee see Labor and the Holocaust, an online exhibit from the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.