Re: [OPE-L] Roman Rosdolsky on the Holocaust, from his own experience

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Fri Dec 15 2006 - 13:50:39 EST


Thanks, that made gripping reading.  What I can't understand is how he
made it out of the camps alive. According to the article, he was arrested
by the Gestapo for aiding Jews.   That, of and in itself, often meant
immediate execution.  And the following makes it clear that he already had
a long history as a revolutionary socialist.  Didn't the Gestapo know who
they arrested?  It's hard to believe that his skill as a carpenter (I
wonder if he had any real carpentry skills beforehand or whether he had to
fake it initially and learn *quickly* with the support and protection of
other prisoners) was enough to save him.

In solidarity, Jerry

Roman Rosdolsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As a youth, Rosdolsky was a member of the Ukrainian socialist Drahomanov
Circles. He was drafted in the imperial army in 1915, and edited with
Roman Turiansky the journal KlyĨi in 1917. He was a founder of the
International Revolutionary Social Democracy (IRSD) and studied law in
Prague. He became a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party
of Eastern Galicia, representing its emigrƩ organization 1921-1924 and a
leading publicist of the Vasylkivtsi faction of the Ukrainian Communists.
In 1925, he refused to condemn Trotsky and his Left Opposition, and was
later, at the end of the 1920s, expelled from the Communist Party.

In 1926-1931, he was correspondent in Vienna of the Marx-Engels Institute
in Moscow, searching for archival materials. At that time, in 1927, he met
his wife Emily. When the labour movement in Austria suffered repression,
he emigrated in 1934 back to L'viv, where he worked at the university as
lecturer. He published the Trotskyist periodical Žittja i slovo
1934-1938, and was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942, but survived
internment in the concentration camps of Auschwitz, RavensbrĆ¼ck and
Oranienburg. <snip>

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