It's the 21st Century, and Commie Camps still Exist
The CP’s Jewish camp, Kinderland, was run by the International Workers Order, the Party’s fraternal order. As the article points out:
Though campers no longer salute the flag of the Soviet Union on their way to breakfast, much remains the same at Kinderland. The hardwired rituals of summer camp life, where tradition is religion and the outside world is a fantasy, have proved themselves to be perfectly suited to the preservation of a certain brand of unabashed Jewish leftism that has few contemporary analogies....
Camp buildings are named after leftist icons: the Paul Robeson Playhouse, the Roberto Clemente Sports Shack. Bunks, too, bear storied names: one for labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill; one for poet Pablo Neruda, and one, somewhat disconcertingly, for Anne Frank....
A few times a week, each bunk gets together to sing protest songs on the porch of the dining hall. “It’s usually Phil Ochs songs and Pete Seeger songs about revolution and that kind of stuff.”
Camp staff brag that in 1983, they had a “Peace Olympics” in which teams named after the Spanish Civil War era hard-line Stalinist Dolores Ibarruri, commonly known as “La Pasionaria,” squared off against a team named for the American anarchist leader Emma Goldman. Evidently they were not smart enough to know that Goldman hated the Soviet Union and was one of the first to expose its essential nature. In 1999 they named a team after the Seattle anti-globalization protestors called “Seattle 99.”
Well, with the Soviet Union no longer existing, at least they stopped saluting Uncle Joe Stalin and his successors. I guess Kim Jong-Il in North Korea is even too much to honor for them.
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