Communist Party of Great Britain

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The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was a communist political party in the United Kingdom, affiliated with Comintern. It was founded in 1920 and was dissolved in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

One of its members was Gerry Gable who later went on to edit Searchlight.

Some other Jews associated with the party were Zelda Kahan, Theodore Rothstein, Andrew Rothstein, Phil Piratin, Sam Aaronovitch, Sam Lesser, Hedi Stadlen, Sue Slipman, Dora Montefiore, Ivor Montagu, Anita Halpin, Monty Goldman and many, many more.

Jewish involvement

Throughout the era of Communism, Jews were both influential and disproportionately represented in Communist parties. The Communist Party of Great Britain (CP) was no exception to this. By the 1960's two out of the three most important positions in the party were held by Jews. In the 1940's, nearly a third of all district party secretaries were Jewish. By the early 1950's, between 7 and 10 percent of the Communist party's activists (its cadres) were Jewish, even though Jews accounted for less than 1 percent of Britain's national population. Almost all Jewish Communists came from an Eastern European immigrant background.
Jason Heppell. Dark Times, Dire Decisions: Jews and Communism, 2005.[1][2]



  1. Frankel 2005, p. 148.
  2. Frankel 2005, p. 151.


  • Frankel, Jonathan (2005). Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Volume XX: Dark Times, Dire Decisions: Jews and Communism. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195182243. 

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