From: The New Statesman - Michael Rosen, Confessions of An Accidental Communist
I am the child of two people who joined the Young Communist League
around 1935, when they were 16.
They were both the grandchildren of
eastern European Jewish families that migrated to France, Britain and
the US from places that I find listed on censuses as Russified Poland or
Austria but that we now call Poland and Bukovina.
The trades they
brought with them were mostly in how we cover our bodies: hats, caps,
suits, dresses, boots and shoes – though one of them seems to have tried
to sell dairy goods and another tried a bit of glazing.
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