Abraham Léon

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Abraham Léon.

Abraham Leon (1918–1944) (born Abraham Wejnstok), was a Jewish Trotskyist. He was born in Warsaw but his family moved to Belgium where he grew up. Leon became a member and then leader of the Belgian branch of Hashomer Hatzair, a left wing Zionist youth movement. In 1940, after the beginning of World War II, Leon rejected Zionism and became a Trotskyist; around this time he joined the Belgian section of the Fourth International and became an organiser and leader against the National Socialist occupation[1] and the "militarism" of Winston Churchill, exhorting Belgian workers to fight both Hitler and Churchill. He wrote The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation,[2] a work which remains a widely used Marxist analysis of Jewish socio-economic history. In June 1944 he was arrested and subsequently deported to Auschwitz where he died of illness in September.

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