Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

‘An antidote to the far right’s poison’​​



Eighty years on from the day anti-fascists clashed with Oswald

Mosley’s blackshirts in the Jewish East End of London, David

Rosenberg tells the story of the long struggle to protect the giant

artwork and its enduring message of solidarity

‘It was frightening,’ says Rene. ‘They slung my brother in a Black Maria. My

mum was waiting up for him and he didn’t come home. He was in a police

cell. My dad came home covered in blood.’


Sally chips in: ‘They knocked my brother out. The police were going by on

horseback and hit him with a truncheon. He was only 12.’

Beattie remembers ‘lots of scuffles’ and ‘a lorry turned over’. Her friend,

Ginnie, was pushed through a shop window.

In a Jewish day centre in London’s East End, three elderly women are

recalling the 1936 Battle of Cable Street. That summer, East End Jews

were under siege from Oswald Mosley’s fascists. Blackshirted street corner

speakers railed against the Jews, ‘rats and vermin from the gutters of

Whitechapel’, blaming them for every social ill.

October 2016

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