Arbeter Ordn Shuls

With the success of the Russian Revolution, the influence of Communist thought in some segments of the Yiddish cultural world increased. In 1926, here were already 40 schools, then called "non-party" schools who sought to have a "proletarian" base to their education. These schools became a nationwide network called the Arbeter Ordn Shuln - the schools of the Jewish Section, International Workers Order. They viewed the promotion of Yiddishism, or Yiddish culture as an insufficient goal by itself; therefore, these schools increased the class consciousness of the students. To achieve this, they produced a number of pedagogical and literary works for the child.

One of the journals of these schools, Yungvarg (pictured above) was typical of the outlook of the Ordn shuln. It promoted peace, worker's rights, and international front on social justice. Click here to see an example of the comics in these journals. The textbooks, as well, made the same points.