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"Short, crisp, and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler's." --Edward Mortimer, The Times (London)

"Brenner reviews the efforts of the Jewish establishment of the war years to play down, even to conceal, reports of the camps in Europe for fear of inciting anti-semitism at home." --David Lan, London Review of Books

"Brenner thoroughly documents collusion between the established Zionist organizations and fascists of all stripes . . . . The 'scientific' racism of the 19th century with its 'white man's burden' and Jew-hating, the 'master race' anti-communism of the fascists, the Biblical mythologization of a people chosen to colonize -- all of this has been cut from the same cloth, the products of imperialism." --Hilton Obenzinger, Journal of Palestine Studies. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lenni Brenner was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. He became an atheist at age ten, and a left political activist at fifteen. His involvement with the Black Civil Rights Movement began on his first day in the organized left, when he met James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, later the organizer of the freedom rides of the early 60s. He was active in the mid 1950s with Bayard Rustin, later the organizer of Martin Luther King's 1963 I have a dream March on Washington. He was arrested three times during civil rights sit-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spent thirty-nine months in prison when a court revoked his probation for marijuana possession, because of his activities during the 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement at the University of California. Immediately on imprisonment, he spent four days in intense discussion with Huey Newton, later the founder of the Black Panther Party, who he encountered in the court holding tank. Subsequently, upon his release in 1968, he worked with Kathy Cleaver and other Panthers.

Brenner was an antiwar activist from the first days of the Vietnam war, speaking frequently at rallies in the Bay Area. In 1963 he organized the Committee for Narcotic Reform in Berkeley. In 1968 he co-founded the National Association for Irish Justice, the American affiliate of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. He worked with Kwame Ture (also known as Stokely Carmichael), the legendary Black Power leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in the Committee against Zionism and Racism, from 1985 until Ture's death in 1998. Brenner is the author of four books: Zionism in the Age of the Dictators (1983), The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir (1984), Jews in America Today (1986), and The Lesser Evil (1988), a history of the Democratic Party. In 2002 he edited 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis, which contains complete translations of many of the documents quoted in Zionism in the Age of the Dictators and The Iron Wall. In 2004 he edited Jefferson & Madison On Separation of Church and State: Writings on Religion and Secularism. His books have been favorably reviewed in eleven languages by prominent publications, including the London Times, the London Review of Books, Moscow's Izvestia and the Jerusalem Post. Brenner has written over one-hundred articles for many publications, including New York's Amsterdam News, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, The Atlanta Constitution, CounterPunch, The Jewish Guardian, The Nation, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Middle East International, The Journal of Palestine Studies, The New Statesman of London, Al-Fajr in Jerusalem, and Dublin's United Irishman. In 2013, Brenner co-authored (with Matthew Quest) Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity, a collection of selected essays discussing the historical response of African American freedom movements to the colonial settler state of Israel and its role in American imperialism in the Middle East. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence Hill & Co; Revised edition (December 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556520778
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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This volume preceeds Brenner's more recent "51 Documents: Zionist Collaberation with the Nazis". Brenner lifts the mask off of Zionism and exposes it for all its failings. Ironically before the "Six Day War" the vast majority of Jews were not adherents of Zionism. Since that conflict Zionists have achieved a true public relations coup by making Zionism the the only "acceptable" antonym to anti-semitism. One can support Israel and not be a believer in Zionism, a political philosophy that predates, fascism, communism and the National Socialist Party. Considering that Leni Brenner is Jewish should give credibility to what the author has to say. Unfortunately much like Norman Finkelstein he is tarred and feathered with the ludicrous accusation of being a self-hating Jew for merely daring to point out the fallices of Zionism. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how a democracy slips into being an aberration of its former self that readily practices apartheid policies on its Arab citizens and an entire occupied population.
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Lenni Brenner's talent for writing witty, punchy, engaging history is surpassed only by his methodical attention to detail and his insightful analysis of primary source material. This book is simply a must-read for anyone who is interested in a thoughtful and criticial history of Zionism. Brenner skillfully dismantles Zionism's claims to anti-fascism by demonstrating the ways historical Zionists collaborated with fascism, Nazism, and anti-semitism in the WWII period -- betraying the masses of European Jewery in the process -- in order to advance their political goals of a colonial/imperial state in Palestine. In doing so he also preserves the brave history of countless non-Zionist Jews who fought heroically against fascism in the early 20th century.

The chapters relating to how Zionism sought to undermine the massive Jewish boycott movement against the Nazis are particularly interesting, and very relevant to the way we interrogate Zionist opposition to the BDS movement today.

Be sure to buy the NEW (2014) paperback edition of "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators," which features a fascinating new afterword by the author. It is also probably the most affordable edition available.
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Lenni Brenner's explosive work spotlights the collaboration of the Zionist movement with anti-Semitic fascist dictatorships in the interest of promoting the Zionist colonial project. Always punchy and controversial, Brenner's work exposes the unhistorical hypocrisy of the Holocaust Industry and its claims to anti-fascist heritage. In these writings we learn that the history of the Zionist movement and its collaboration with purveyors of genocide stands at odds with the brave history of Jewish men and women fighting against their segregation and extermination in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, among other heroic rebellions. That the modern day Zionist movement (with its roots in an organization willing to collaborate with genocidal fascist dictatorships) should claim now these acts of resistance as part of their own history is a craven hypocrisy of the highest order. In making these crucial distinction and critical engagements in history, Lenni Brenner's work is an important read for anyone with an interest in the history of Zionism.

If you like this book, I highly recommend reading Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity, co-authored by Lenni Brenner and a historian named Mathew Quest.
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As we all know, a large part of the Zionist narrative is that the State of Israel was established as a necessary refuge for displaced Jews fleeing Europe during World War II. In "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators", radical historian Lenni Brenner tears apart this propaganda, revealing how the Zionist movement collaborated with fascist governments in Europe and Japan in order to pursue their imperialist agenda to occupy Palestine. Indeed, the only people they rescued were young, healthy, able-bodied Jews who shared their racist ideology and wealthy Jews who could help finance their colonial project. As for the fate of the rest of European Jewry, the Zionists were indifferent. Shamefully, they refused to help the Jews resist the Nazi regime in any way; in fact, to curry favors from the Nazi dictatorship, they even undermined the international boycott of German goods and downplayed the genocide that was unfolding in Europe. Given how the Israeli government collaborated back in the 1970s and 1980s with the military dictatorships in the Southern Cone which "disappeared" thousands of Argentine and Chilean Jews, I was really not surprised to learn about the collaboration between the Zionist movement and the fascist governments in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain. Nevertheless, it was sobering to read about this history in such meticulous detail and I'm sure this book will outrage right-wing apologists of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Like Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky, Lenni Brenner is a Jewish leftist whose books on Israel/Palestine belong in the library of every activist working for peace and justice in the Middle East. I also strongly recommend the book "Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity" which he co-authored with Matthew Quest.
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