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Although the workers were defeated Vienna became a torch inspiring the whole international working class movement. T he year before, in 1933, the German workers’ movement— the strongest and best organised in the world— had ca pitulated to the Nazis with hardly a struggle. Throughout the world, I remember, socialists, communists and anti-fascists repeated the slogan ‘Rather Vienna than Berlin’. During those days a meeting was organised by Mapai in Haifa which I attended. The secretary of the Haifa trade union council spoke.
Many a young man could knock out the boxer Mike Tyson if he was in constant training while Tyson lay in bed for a year or so. I do not know how good my brain is, but I am sure now and always that I am very single minded in keeping it at work. The situation of backwardness and isolation was not inevitably 36 PA LESTIN E favourable to political development. It could ‘make or break’ a person. As it turned out I was forced to rise to the occasion. Out of the blue— an opportunity to go to London A few months after completing and editing the manuscript on the Arab East, an opportunity to leave Palestine and go to London came out of the blue.
All this in the middle of the ceremony! Finally, the wine we had spent the last of our borrowed money on, and intended to drink with my brother and sister-in-law: the rabbi put the glass to each of our lips as the cerem ony requires, snatched it away— and kept the bottle. Meanwhile beggars surrounded the pavement chupah, and as soon as the ceremony was over, moved forward in droves to beg. My brother emptied his pockets, and, fuming at the avaricious rabbis, we angrily stomped away— with a piece of paper to say we were married!
A world to win: life of a revolutionary by Tony Cliff