where are all the radical jews?
Performance, Montreal, Quebec
Photos: Moe Murphy
Wearing a Yiddish-language sign that read, Where are all the radical Jews? I stood vigil outside sites of historical importance to the Montreal Jewish community at what I consider to be the height of its progressive politics, during the 1930s 1950s. In 1943 working class Jews living in the Plateau Mont Royal district elected a Jewish Communist MP to the Canadian parliament the first and only time in Canadian history that such an event occurred. This photo was taken outside the former offices of the Keneder Adler, a progressive Yiddish-language newspaper published between 1907 and 1988.
This work is a personal commentary on a marked shift toward more conservative politics by a growing number of Montreal Jews.