"Der 11-ter November" by David Edelshtat

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"Der 11-ter November" by David Edelshtat

This was forwarded to me by a comrade.

On November 11, 1886, the four Haymarket Maytrs were hung. This poem is in honor of their memory.
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Better now than November 12th.
--al

p.s. see also Lewis, Roman (Ed.). Der gezetslekher mord in Shikago fun 11 November 1887. [The Legal Murder In Chicago] Nyu York: Pioniern der Freiheit und Vereinigte Ritter der Frayhayt, 1889. [Max Nettlau p. 183; 'Anarchist Portraits', by Paul Avrich]

SOURCE http://raforum.info/article.php3?id_article=3313

EDELSHTAT, David. "Der 11-ter November".

Translated from Yiddish by Ori Kiritz

from, Kiritz, Ori. The Poetics of Anarchy : David Edelshtat’s Revolutionary Poetry. Vol. 88. Frankfurt : Lang, Europaischer Verlag der Wissenschaften, 1997. 210 p. ISBN:0820435341

Again the blood-red banners are fluttering !
Freedom’s holy voice is ringing !
Again the people are reminded
Of the fighters who lived and died for them !
In world history again we will
Turn over and find the page of martyrs
Which is still fresh with the blood of our brothers,
Murdered by money-sacks, church and state !
Five spirits stained with blood will hover
Over the people’s-tribune among suffering slaves ;
And they will give us invincible courage
To live and die for freedom and justice !
They will remind us of the will
Which they left for the workers :
"Fight for your freedom ! No evil beast
Should drive you away from the holy post !"
"Don’t be afraid of the hangmen and their gallows !
Fight and ring the freedom-bell !
And announce to the slaves of all the world
That that very day would be the day of liberation !"
And on both shores of the great ocean
The slaves of all the nations
Will give each other in friendship a brother-hand
And swear to annihilate chains and thrones...