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August 31, 2006

Sir Alfred Sherman: Witness to a Century

Filed under: Politics, UK — limewoody @ 10:10 am

 Sir Alfred Sherman, a friend and long-time political associate who died in London on August 26, started his political life as a Stalinist and ended it as one of the few “paleoconservative” thinkers in today’s Britain. He was a brilliant polymath, a consummate homo politicus, and one of the last true witnesses to the 20th century.


Born in 1919 to recent immigrants from Russia, Sherman joined the Young Communist League in his first year at Chelsea Plytechnic; as he later explained, “to be a Jew in 1930s Britain was to be alienated. The world proletariat offered us a home.” Within months he was a machine gunner with the Major Attlee battalion of the International Brigades in Spain. A gifted linguist, he translated the orders of the battalion’s Red Army instructor into English, French and Spanish. Sherman fought at Ebro in 1938 and spent several months as Franco’s prisoner at San Pedro de Cardenas before being repatriated to Britain.

During the Second World War Sherman served with the British Army as a Field Security Officer in the Middle East, became fluent in Hebrew and Arabic, and embarked on a life-long study of Islam. After the war he continued his studies at the London School of Economics and became president of the Communist Party student cell.

Read on:http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/cgi-bin/newsviews.cgi/Sir_Alfred_Sherman_.printer

http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/cgi-bin/newsviews.cgi/Sir_Alfred_Sherman_.printer

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