Joining the Movement
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This chapter explores the way in which individuals were radicalized and joined the movement. While a range of routes into the revolutionary underground were possible, including through contact with radical or socialist students and staff at school or university, attendance at a workers’ meeting or reading illegal literature, often individuals were drawn into political activities through family connections. It was not unusual for an elder sibling to become involved in some form of revolutionary circle independently and then recruit their brothers and sisters to the movement. In some cases, the democratic or radicalized outlook of parents ensured children were open to revolutionary ideas. It was also not unknown for adults to draw their parents into the underground.