Communist Party of Great Britain

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The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was the largest Communist party in Great Britain between 1920 and 1991. It was initially affiliated with the Comintern.

One of its members was the Jewish Zionist Gerry Gable, later a long-time editor of Searchlight.

"According to the book by Jewish author Jonathan Frankel, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Volume XX: Dark Times, Dire Decisions: Jews and Communism [Jonathan Frankel, (2005), Oxford University Press]: “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 1960s two out of the three most important positions in the party were held by Jews.

“In the 1940s, nearly a third of all district party secretaries were Jewish. By the early 1950s, 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.""[1]

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