Emma Goldman and Leon Czolgosz, Communist Revolutionary, Anarchist and Atheist

Emma Goldman
Source: © 1950 Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia

Emma Goldman, oft associated with the evils of Communism due to her anarchy and communist advocacy. Therefore upon renouncing the religion of Judaism and becoming an Atheist, adopted violent terrorist revolutionary activities. Her evils of anarchy and support of Communism spawned from her Atheist world-view. Sadly, to this day, practicing Jews who adhere to the faith of Judaism continue to be blamed for, and receive the brunt of blame for this big lie purported by anti-religious Rightwing Socialist fanatics who knowingly or unknowingly distort history to malign religions like Judaism, with the evils committed entirely by their own Atheists who became twisted socialist fanatics under either Communist regimes (International Socialism) leftwing or Fascist Regimes (National Socialism), rightwing. Either way, these quotes by Emma Goldman fail at making even the smallest hint of any allusions, other than her full, unequivocal renunciation of Judaism and all belief in God.

Emma Goldman was a hardline, militant Atheist.

Emma Goldman Speaks

I am not mislead by her meaning when she states she supports "spiritual emancipation of the human race". Communism aims at world overthrow. Her intent, like all Communists and Atheists is to convert the people of all nations to Atheism.

Emma Goldman (1869-1940)
Source: positiveatheism.org
Russian-American anarchist, writer, publisher; eventually deported to Russia.
"The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.
-- Emma Goldman, "The Philosophy of Atheism," in Goldman's Mother Earth journal, February, 1916

I was called before the head matron, a tall woman with a stolid face. She began taking my pedigree. "What religion?" was the first question. "None, I am an atheist." "Atheism is prohibited here. You will have to go to church." I replied that I would do nothing of the kind. I did not believe in anything the Church stood for and, not being a hypocrite, I would not attend.
-- Emma Goldman, having been sentenced to Blackwell's Island for a year for saying, at a mass rally at Union Square, "If they do not give you work, demand bread. If they deny you both, take bread. It is your sacred right!" Quoted in Living My Life, p. 133, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, Women Without Superstition, p. 382.

"I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of years past been working to undo the botched job your God has made.
-- Emma Goldman, speaking from a Detroit pulpit in 1898, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, Women Without Superstition, p. 382

See Positive Atheism's page on Emma, Goldman Russian-American anarchist, writer, publisher; eventually deported to Russia

How anti-religious nazis and perhaps even anti-semitic communists attempt to squeeze "Jewish" out of those quotes, is anyone's guess.

Emma Goldman Historical Clip #1

Emma Goldman Historical Clip #2

©1950, Funk and Wagnall's Encyclopedia states:
Goldman, EMMA (1869-1940), RUSSIAN anarchist, born in the province of Kovno (now Kaunas). She spent her youth in Königsberg and St. Petersburg (now Kaliningrad and Leningrad, respectively). In 1886 she emigrated to the United States, where she became a leader of the anarchist movement, working in close association with Alexander Berkman (q.v.). After attackign the government in numerous speeches, she was arrested in 1893 and was sentenced to a year's imprisonment on Blackwell's Island, in New York City, for incitement to riot. Following her release in 1894, she lectured in England and Scotland. She also made lecture tours throughout the United States, and after 1906 was one of the principal contributors to Mother Earth, an anarchist periodical.
She expressed strong pacifistic views during World War I, denouncing the war as an imperialistic venture. In 1917 she was tried and convicted on a charge of conspiracy to violate the conscription laws, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, and a fine of $10,000. Shortly after her release in 1920 she was deported to Russia. At first a stanch admirer of the Soviet regime, she later voiced vehement criticisms of its policies and was expelled from the country. She spent some time in England, becoming a British subject through marriage to James Colton. In 1926 she went to Canada, and in succeeding years lectured widely in that country and in the United States. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), she worked for the Spanish Republican government in London and in Madrid. She stated the reasons for her changed opinion of the Soviet government in two books, My Disillusionment in Russia 1923-1924 and My Further Disillusionment in Russia (1925). Her other writings include Anarchism and Other Essays (1910), The Social Significance of the Modern Drama (1914), and an autobiography Living My Life (1931).

Assassination of William McKinley

The Assassination of U.S. President William McKinley

Following a speech of incitement by Emma Goldman, anarchist Leon Czolgosz was inspired to assassinate the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley.

Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia ©1950 states:
CZOLGOSZ, LEON (1873-1901), American anarchist, assassin of President William McKinley. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and was a blacksmith by trade. Apparently believing in a terrorist type of anarchism, he took advantage of the appearance of President McKinley at a public reception in Buffalo, N.Y., to shoot the President (September 6, 1901). Czolgosz was immediately seized, and after the President's death, was tried before the State Supreme Court at Buffalo, convicted, and electrocuted.

Leon Czolgosz, Assassin of President William McKinley
Source: Ellis Island Era Immigration Photo: Leon Czolgosz

Leon Czolgosz: Assassin

Leon Czolgosz: Execution

This may have been a reinactment of the actual execution.

Emma Goldman Documentary

Source: Story of Emma Goldman, downloaded from youtube.
Part One: Arriving in America.

Part Two: Propaganda by the Deed.

Part Three: Feminism and Leon Czolgosz.

Part Four: Feminism and Leon Czolgosz.

Part Five: The Great War.

Part Six: The Russian Disaster.

Part Seven: The Final Years in Exile.

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