Copy of the 'Blackshirt The Patriotic Worker's Paper; 1936
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Copy of the 'Blackshirt The Patriotic Worker's Paper; 1936


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This copy of Blackshirt: The Patriotic Worker's Paper was produced by the British Union of Fascists (B.U.F.) on 31 October 1936. It has the banner headline 'Why are Jews Disliked' and the lead article 'Gentile or Jew:- who is to Blame for Anti-Semitism'. It has eight pages with images of Mosley speaking at meetings.
The B.U.F. was a political party formed in 1932 by ex-Labour government minister Sir Oswald Mosley. At its height, the union attracted 50,000 members and political support from three councils in London's East End. The 'blackshirt' of the newspaper's title refers to the black shirts worn by supporters of the union.
The B.U.F. adopted an increasingly violent and anti-semitic stance and its membership dwindled to 8,000. In 1940 the party was banned by the government. Mosley and over 700 senior fascists were interned for the duration of the Second World War.




1936 AD - 1936 AD

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