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The International Workers’ Relief, Communism, and Transnational Solidarity

Willi Münzenberg in Weimar Germany


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Kasper Braskén
    Pages 1-28
  3. Kasper Braskén
    Pages 29-57
  4. Kasper Braskén
    Pages 77-97
  5. Kasper Braskén
    Pages 162-183
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-319

About this book


The first major study on the making of new cultures, movements and public celebrations of transnational solidarity in Weimar Germany. The book shows how solidarity was used to empower the oppressed in their liberation and resistance movements and how solidarity networks transferred visions and ideas of an alternative global community.


Transnational Solidarity German Communism the Weimar Republic Willi Münzenberg anti-imperialism anti-fascism anti-war movement Soviet cinema internationalism 1922 communism fascism German communism Germany nationalism resistance Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Weimar

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Åbo Akademi UniversityFinland

About the authors

Kasper Braskén is Postdoctoral Researcher at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. He is a historian specialising in German, transnational and social movement history. He is the co-editor of H-Socialisms and the author of several articles on international solidarity, communism and anti-fascism.

Bibliographic information


“Braskèn’s account of the IAH’s short history is very much appreciated for bringing transnational proletarian alliances and ambitions to scholarly attention. His study breaks new ground in addressing transnational and global connections of early ‘proletarian internationalism’ and is a remarkable and detailed reconstruction of how proletarian solidarity networks transferred visions and ideas of an alternative global community in the interwar years.” (Tilmann Siebeneichner, German History, Vol. 34 (3), September, 2016)

“This book deals with the history of the International Workers’ Relief or IWR and the pivotal role that Willi Münzenberg played in it. … This is a well-written book, based on archival material from Germany, Russia and the Netherlands. … overall Braskén has produced a highly valuable contribution to the history of the international communist movement of the 1920s.” (Mario Kessler, European History Quarterly, Vol. 46 (2), January, 2016)