Meyer Baylin was a political activist and businessman. Born in Russia in 1907 to a Jewish family, Baylin grew up in San Antonio, Texas after the family immigrated to New York. He studied engineering at Texas A&M University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley before becoming a member within the Communist Party, pursuing multiple side jobs over the course of several years of activism. He eventually became an electricity businessman and left the Communist Party, though he remained politically active in progressive causes in California and New York. In this donated interview, Baylin discusses his family and their emigration from Russia to cities throughout the United States; his political activities with the Young Communists League, the Unemployed Councils, the Communist Party, and others; his electrician business in San Francisco; and his thoughts on leftists such as Harry Bridges and Tom Mooney. This interview is part of a group of interviews documenting Jewish communities in California.




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