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Jabotinsky's ChildrenPolish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism$
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Daniel Kupfert Heller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174754

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174754.001.0001

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Little Fascists?

Little Fascists?

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(p.68) 2 Little Fascists?
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Jabotinsky's Children
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Daniel Kupfert Heller

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174754.003.0003

This chapter focuses on 1928–1931, the years in which Betar began its transformation into a mass movement in Poland. Across Europe, admirers of Fascist Italy were sifting through Benito Mussolini's political program in search of an antidote to their own political challenges. Fascist ideology in Italy was replete with contradictions and in a state of perpetual flux. Fascist leaders often used this ideological ambiguity to their advantage. The chapter then looks at the workshops of Betar's cultural architects, as they designed an array of myths and rituals linking the group to Judaism and ancient Jewish history, and explores how these projects provided fertile ground for Betar's leaders to determine the extent to which they would embrace the beliefs and behaviors they associated with fascism.

Keywords:   Betar youth movement, Poland, Fascist Italy, Benito Mussolini, fascism, Fascist leaders, Judaism, Jewish history, cultural architects

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