This is a recording of a talk that Morris Beckman gave at 2008’s London Anarchist Bookfair. The start of the talk is a brief history of his fight in the army against German fascism, followed by his return home to Amhurst Road in Hackney and discovering that fascist groups had reformed in England. He talks about his thoughts, and resons, for starting the 43 Group, some of it’s successes (such as raiding Oswald Mosley’s house) and followed by questions about such things as the 62 group.
Morris Beckman was one of the founders of the English anti-fascist group the 43 Group. The 43 Group was founded by Jewish ex-servicemen after the Second World War who, when they came back from the war, encountered British fascist organisations including Jeffrey Hamm’s “British League of Ex-Servicemen” and Oswald Mosley’s “British Union of Fascists”. These fascists were once again making anti-semitic speeches, and attacking London Jews.
The 43 Group was started to oppose these fascists, breaking up meetings, attacking fascists and making it impossible for fascists to organise. Morris Beckman is the author of a memoir of the group, simply title The 43 Group, and is testament to the positive role militancy can play in social movements.
More information on the 43 Group and Morris Beckman can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/43_Group and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Beckman