The Tragedy of Leon Trotsky with Joshua Rubenstein

4:15 pm on Monday, September 9, 2013
6:00 pm on Monday, September 9, 2013
The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge
In his presentation, Rubenstein will explore Trotsky's career as a determined revolutionary, the tragedies that overtook his family, and his own ambivalent attitude toward his Jewish origins. Born Lev Davidovich Bronstein, Trotsky regarded himself first and foremost as a Marxist revolutionary. But Nazis and Stalinists alike denounced him as a Jew, using antisemitic attacks against him for their own purposes. And there were times when Trotsky must have surprised himself with his eloquent denunciations of anti-Jewish violence. For Rubenstein, Trotsky was a Jew in spite of