Lenni Brenner

Lenni Brenner (born 1937) is an American Trotskyist writer. In the 1960s, Brenner was a prominent civil rights activist and a prominent opponent of the Vietnam War.

Early lifeEdit

Brenner was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. He developed an interest in history from reading Hendrik Willem van Loon's The Story of Mankind which his brother had received as a bar mitzvah present.[1][2] He became an atheist at age 10 or 12[3] and a Marxist at age 15.[3] Brenner's involvement with the Civil Rights Movement began when he met James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, later the organizer of the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s. He also worked with Bayard Rustin, later the organizer of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Political activityEdit

Brenner was arrested three times during civil rights sit-ins in the San Francisco Bay Area.[citation needed] He spent 39 months in jail when a court revoked his probation for marijuana possession, because of his activities during the Berkeley Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964.[citation needed]

He was an anti-war activist from the first days of the Vietnam War, speaking frequently at rallies in the Bay Area.[citation needed] In 1963 he organized the Committee for Narcotic Reform in Berkeley.[citation needed] In 1968 he co-founded the National Association for Irish Justice, the American affiliate of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.[citation needed]

In the 1990s, he and Kwame Ture (aka Stokely Carmichael), the legendary "Black Power" leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, co-founded the Committee against Zionism and Racism.[citation needed] They also published The Anti-War Activist.[citation needed]

In 2003, Brenner spoke at the inaugural meeting of Jews Against Zionism[4] with his colleagues Alice Coy, Haim Bresheeth and Roland Rance who presented Brenner's book, 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis.[citation needed]

Brenner spoke at an Israeli Apartheid Week event in 2011 at Berlin, Connecticut. According to the Anti-Defamation League, at an event called "One State Solution" at the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, Brenner said that Jews were the largest donors to American political parties and that the Political system is as "crooked as a dog's hind leg". He also asserted that President Truman recognised Israel because of contributions from Jews.[5]


His books have been widely translated, and have been reviewed in 11 languages. His books have been reviewed by the London Times, the London Review of Books, Booklist magazine, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.[6] His articles have also appeared in publications related to the Middle East and identifying with the political left,[7] but have also gained attention on the far-right, such as the Institute for Historical Review.[8] Brenner has opposed his work being used by those on the far-right, and those engaged in Holocaust denial.[9]


Brenner has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books:


  1. ^ Dan Falcone, Lenni Brenner: An Interview on Palestine Solidarity, Black Liberation and Anti-Zionism,' Truthout 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ "It's All Rabbis and No Jews": An Interview with Lenni Brenner Archived 2015-09-21 at the Wayback Machine Palestine Solidarity Review 2004
  3. ^ a b "Lenni Brenner (biographical details)". student.cs.ucc.ie.
  4. ^ "Zionism Against Jews". inminds.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Israeli Apartheid Week: A Year-by-Year Report" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Ecrasez l'Infame -- Authors -- Reviews of Lenni Brenner's books". stopmebeforeivoteagain.org.
  7. ^ These include The Nation, Amsterdam News, Jewish Guardian, Atlanta Constitution, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Middle East International, Journal of Palestine Studies, New Statesman, Al-Fajr and United Irishman.
  8. ^ Weber, Mark (July–August 1993). "Zionism and the Third Reich". The Journal of Historical Review. 13 (4): 29–37. Retrieved 2 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Brenner, Lenni (9 April 2001). "Subject: [AL-AWDA] Lenni Brenner re holocaust deniers and other falsifiers". Institute for Historical Review. Retrieved 4 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Review of the book by Brenner in CounterPunch. First printed in 1983, reprinted in 2014. It has been translated into Japanese: Fuashizumu jidai no shionizumu, by Shiba Kensuke (芝健介), Hosei Daigaku 2001, German (in a revised edition), as Zionismus und Faschismus : über die unheimliche Zusammenarbeit von Zionisten und Faschisten, tr. Verena Gajewski Homilius, Kai, Berlin 2007, and Spanish as Sionismo y Fascismo, by Luis César Bou, Bósforo Libros, Madrid,2010,
  11. ^ Mortimer, Edward (November 2, 1984). "Contradiction, collusion and controvers". The Times (London).
  12. ^ Brenner, Lenni. "Lenni Brenner: The Iron Wall - Zionist Revisionism (1984)". www.marxists.de.
  13. ^ Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest, Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity. (Atlanta: On Our Own Authority! Publishing, 2013).
  14. ^ 2004
  15. ^ Lenni Brenner, 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis, December 23, 2002 in CounterPunch, also (2002) Barricade Books - This book has been translated to Spanish by Luis César Bou as 51 Documentos Sobre la Colaboración Sionista con los Nazis Editorial Canaán, Buenos Aires, 2012.

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