Alexander Berkham

By: Jordan Walls

Job Title And Age

(November 21, 1870 – June 28, 1936)Alexander was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century, famous for both his political activism and his writing.

Born November 21, 1870

Vilnius ,Vilna, Governorate, Russian Empire

Died: June 28,1936 (age 65)

Family Life And Backround

Berkman's father, Osip Berkman, was a successful leather merchant, and his mother, Yetta Berkman (née Natanson), came from a prosperous family. His mother and a father both died when he was 15. In 1877, Osip Berkman was granted the right, as a successful businessman, to move from the Pale of settlement to which Jews were generally restricted in the Russian Empire. Berkman attended the gymnasium, where he received a classical education with the youth of Saint Petersburg's elite.

How he became what he was

How He Became A Leader

In 1926, the Jewish Anarchist Federation of New York asked Berkman to write an introduction to anarchism intended for the general public. By presenting the principles of anarchism in plain language, the New York anarchists hoped that readers might be swayed to support the movement or, at least that the book might improve the public image of anarchism and anarchists.

5 Interesting Facts

He died weeks before the Spanish revolution

He was very sick in the early 1936

He spent 21 years in prison

Alexander planned an assassination with his friends which failed

He ended up killing himself after being sick