In a letter to his baby grandson, Bill Lazarre wrote that unfortunately, despite the attempts by your grandpa and many others to present you with a better world, we were not very successful Born in 1902 amid the pogroms in Eastern Europe, Lazarre dedicated his life to working for economic equality, racial justice, workers rights, and a just world He was also dediIn a letter to his baby grandson, Bill Lazarre wrote that unfortunately, despite the attempts by your grandpa and many others to present you with a better world, we were not very successful Born in 1902 amid the pogroms in Eastern Europe, Lazarre dedicated his life to working for economic equality, racial justice, workers rights, and a just world He was also dedicated to his family, especially his daughters, whom he raised as a single father following his wife s death In The Communist and the Communist s Daughter Jane Lazarre weaves memories of her father with documentary materials such as his massive FBI file to tell her father s fascinating history as a communist, a Jew, and a husband, father, and grandfather Soon after immigrating to the United States as a young man, Lazarre began a long career as a radical activist, being convicted of sedition, holding leadership positions in the American Communist Party, fighting in the Spanish Civil War, organizing labor unions, testifying in front of the House Un American Activities Committee, and resisting the FBI s efforts to recruit him as an informant Through periods of heroism and deep despair Lazarre never abandoned his ideals or his sustained faith in the fundamental goodness of people This is also the story of Jane as she grew up, married an African American civil rights activist, and became a mother and a writer while coming to terms with her father s legacy She recounts her arguments with her father over ideology, but also his profound influence on her life Throughout this poignant and beautifully written work, Jane examines memory, grief, love, and conscience while detailing the sacrifices, humanity, and unwavering convictions of a man who worked tirelessly to create a brighter future for us all.
The Communist and the Communist s Daughter A Memoir In a letter to his baby grandson Bill Lazarre wrote that unfortunately despite the attempts by your grandpa and many others to present you with a better world we were not very successful Born in
I think the Achilles heal of this story was the back and forth between the author s present and her father s past.I feel like it was shooting for the type of flashbacks found in films Forrest Gump or A League of Their Own, but it just didn t work well There were so many shifts that at times it was hard to keep track of whether it was past or present At times, it felt like rambling rather than coherent thoughts or recollections.The concept is great, though, and kept me reading Just like with Pati [...]
Why do I love this book so much Because for a child of leftist parents, growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in America, it is a corrective story of our parents fight for social justice against the powerful forces of our government, as they were condemned for their political beliefs, hounded by the FBI, fired from jobs, in some cases deported, imprisoned, and in the worst instance, a husband and wife, parents of two small children, electrocuted by the state Lazarre in this marvelous memoir tells th [...]
Born in Kishinev, famous for pogroms at the beginning of the twentieth century, Jane Lazarre s father Bill and his immediate family emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager He learned English with great speed, worked, joined the Communist Party, did a stint in prison, and always read widely, but especially Marx, Lenin, Dostoevsky, Theodore Dreiser and other masterful critics of the status quo.In fact, Bill Lazarre s reading list, and what he and his daughters read together and discu [...]