New Yorker Volkszeitung

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New Yorker Volkzeitung was a German language labor daily newspaper which suspended publishing during the Great Depression, in October 1932. At the time it was the only German language daily in the United States and one of the oldest radical left newspapers in the nation. Its publisher was the Socialist Cooperative Publishing Association which had offices at 47 Walker Street in New York City.


The New Yorker Volkszeitung began as a daily in 1878. It was later reorganized by Dr. Siegfried Lipschitz, an American correspondent of the Sozialistischer Pressedienst of Berlin, Germany. He succeeded Ludwig Lore as the newspaper's editor. Afterwards the publication was endorsed by the Socialist Party of the United States and the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

The financial crisis of the 1930s prevented members of the Socialist Cooperative Publishing Association from meeting regularly, which made it necessary to shut down printing. Its thirty employees were not released.[1] Two months after the closure of New Yorker Volkszeitung, a new publication (Neue Volkszeitung) was launched as its successor).[2]

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  1. ^ "Volkszeitung Suspends," New York Times, October 12, 1932, pg. 5.
  2. ^ Egbert Krispyn, Anti-Nazi Writers in Exile. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1978; pg. 125.