Love and Anarchy
Emma and Leon, the intimate side of anarchist revolutionaries
The lively political and personal worlds of early 20th century anarchists come to life with a presentation by researcher Debbie Rose. She focuses on a fascinating collection of over a thousand letters and postcards belonging to her great-great uncle, Leon Malmed of Albany, New York who was one of the followers and lovers of Emma Goldman, the high profile activist, feminist pioneer and writer-lecturer.
The presentation provides a glimpse into the development of a young man's thinking and feeling as he responds to the political climate of his time to become an outspoken proponent of anarchist philosophy. Later, as he travels with Emma Goldman on a speaking tour across North America, the letters reveal the tension between Malmed and his wife over his anarchist activities and his intimate relationship with Goldman who, banned from the U.S., spent her last years in Toronto. Debbie is working with translators to bring the correspondence which is in Yiddish to a larger public realm.
Co-sponsored by UJPO-Toronto and Beit Zatoun.
Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:45
- $5 (minimum donation)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible