The Jewish Labor Bund in Poland was destroyed during the Holocaust, and efforts to resurrect the shattered party on Polish soil were thwarted with the advent of communism in 1949. With several thousand bundists now dispersed to all corners of the globe, the International Jewish Labor Bund was established in 1947, the first time in the Bund’s 50-year history that it had organized across geographic borders. This article examines the circumstances surrounding the Bund’s decision to restructure and how this new movement functioned as a transnational network of bundist groups in over a dozen countries. It looks at the development of and interaction between local Bund organizations and considers the role that the movement’s World Coordinating Committee played in the life of those organizations.


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