Roni Gechtman


Status and Affiliation


  • Assistant Professor

Affiliated Institution:

  • Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada



Recent Project:

National-Cultural Autonomy in the Making: The Implementation of the Jewish Labour Bund’s National Program in Interwar Poland

This research project is an examination of the practical implementation of the national program of the Jewish Labour Bund in interwar Poland through a detailed reconstruction of the party’s wide range of cultural and recreational activities. The array of Yiddish cultural and leisure organizations sponsored by the Polish Bund constituted a complex Bundist subculture within Polish and Jewish society. The main objective of this study is to argue that, and show how, the Bund, through these organizations and activities, endeavoured to put into practice its national program. Thus the Bundist subculture in interwar Poland was a national-cultural autonomy in the making.

  • Type: Book
  • Period: Interwar Poland
  • Written Language: English


Publications related to the Bund


  • A 'Museum of Bad Taste'?: The Jewish Labour Bund and the Bolshevik Position Regarding the National Question, 1903-1914, in: Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire, 43:1 (Spring 2008): 31-67.
  • La politique socialiste de masse à travers le sport: l'exemple du Morgnshtern, club bundiste polonais, 1926-1939, in: Cahiers du Judaïsme, 21 (Spring 2007): 37-55. (French translation of "Socialist Mass Politics through Sport: The Bund's Morgnshtern in Poland, 1926-1939").
  • National-Cultural Autonomy and 'Neutralism': Vladimir Medem's Marxist Analysis of the National Question, 1903-1920, in: Socialist Studies, 3:1 (Spring 2007): 69-92.
  • Conceptualizing National-Cultural Autonomy - From the Austro-Marxists to the Jewish Labor Bund, in: Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, 4 (2005), p. 17-49.
  • The Rise of the Bund as Reflected in the Naye Folkstsaytung, 1935-36, in: Gal-Ed 17 (2000), p. 29-55.
  • Socialist Mass Politics through Sport: The Bund’s Morgenshtern in Poland, 1926-1939, in: Journal of Sport History, 26, 2 (1999): 326-352. Fulltext


  • “Yidisher Sotsialism”: The Origin and Context of the Jewish Labor Bund’s National Program, Univ. Diss., New York 2005.
  • Review of Moshe Mishkinsky: Iunim basotsializm hayehudi: Asufat maamarim, [Studies in Jewish Socialism: Collection of Articles], in: Gal-Ed (Forthcoming).
  • Articles: "Esther [Khaye Malke Lifshits]"; "Samuel Gozhansky"; "Vladimir Kossovski"; "Arkadi Kremer"; "Vladimir Medem"; "Dzshon Mill"; "Morgnshtern"; "Tsukunft", in: The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008, p. 625-6, 930-1, 943-4, 1038-9, 1140-2, 1174-5, 1200-02, 1917-8.
  • Review of Gertrud Pickhan: "Gegen den Strom": Der allgemeine jüdische Arbeiterbund 'Bund' in Polen, 1918-1939, in: Gal-Ed, 19 (2004): 113-118; Hebrew pagination. (In Hebrew).
  • Review of Zvi Gitelman (ed.): The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism and Zionism in Eastern Europe. History, in: Reviews of New Books, 32:1 (Fall 2003): 18.
  • Review of Otto Bauer: The Question of Nationalities and Social Democracy. Edited by E. Nimni. Translated by J. O'Donnell, in: Labour/Le Travail 50 (Fall 2002): 374-378. Fulltext
  • Review of Aryeh Gelbard: Sofo shelo kithilato: Sofo shel habund harusi, in: Gal-Ed, 15-16 (1997): 262-267; Hebrew pagination. (In Hebrew).