Socialist sentimentality

Pierre Birnbaum offers a fawning – but partly justified – treatment of Léon Blum in his new biography

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October 1, 2015 15:18
The Leon Blum memorial

The Leon Blum memorial in Kibbutz Kfar Blum. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Léon Blum, France’s first Jewish prime minister, was right about nearly all the major issues of his time.

He recognized the evils of totalitarianism when many fellow travelers were apologists for Soviet communism and courageously faced down xenophobic racists on the Right.

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