To Communist dictator Joseph Stalin is attributed the quote "The world is always full of useful idiots. Regarding the Young People's Socialist League, it was no surprise that the Communists' international organization arm for  spreading subversion, the Comintern, played an active role in this organization from the 1920s onward. Americans being as a rule an idealistic and optimistic people, many were attracted by the utopian and egalitarian language spewed by this and other similar groups. It was only after World War II, when the truth of what went on under Communist and Socialist rule, that many realized that they had been duped. The active role that this and other Communist and Socialist dominated groups in cooperating with Soviet espionage efforts during the Cold War years is well documented.

Camden, being very much a mirror of America, had its share of Communist and Socialist groups during the depression and post-war period. Many well intentioned people were drawn to them, and they were very much a part of the social fabric of the city during the years leading up to World War II. The original groups for the most part disappeared by the 1950s as Communism and Socialism became discredited among the well-informed, their members and even their local leaders leaving these organizations one by one. 

Camden Courier-Post * February 8, 1933


The Young People's Socialist League of Camden tonight will conduct a dance in their headquarters, 312 Market street, with music by the Melody Monarchs. 

The dance was arranged by Zelda Deitch, chairman, and Pearl Block, Fay Kumove, Miriam Morris, Charles Jefferies and Jack Elkan, members of the committee. 

Camden Courier-Post * June 16, 1933


Members of the 'Camden" Branch of the Socialist Party will hold a card party at the headquarters, 312 Market Street tonight. Mrs. Mattie Niessner, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, is in charge 
of arrangements. 

Camden Courier-Post- June 16, 1933

Cramer Denies County Relief Bureau Allied With Sweatshops
Dr. Stone Invites Jobless Union Officials to Conference and Inspection 

Wayland P. Cramer, director of the Camden County Emergency Relief Administration, yesterday ridiculed charges his bureau is allied with sweatshops, as publicly issued by the New Jersey Unemployed Union, at a mass meeting here. 

At the same time Dr. Arthur L. Stone, city health officer and director of the city emergency relief board welcomed spokesmen of the unemployed to a conference. Dr. Stone announced he will accompany the committee today on a tour of inspection of the city relief bureau. 

Director Cramer at first refused to "dignify with an answer" the charges of the unemployed. Later he issued a statement leveled at "insidious attacks of agitators endeavoring to break down the hope and faith in the future of our government, our home and our institutions." 

Promises Inquiry 

Questioned as to his attitude on two affidavits obtained by the unemployed union, in which it is charged Mrs. Viola Baker, municipal relief director of Magnolia, had used her position to subsidize persons in need of aid, Director Cramer said: 

"If those affidavits are turned in to me, I shall see that they are examined as to the facts and by the proper authorities." 

Cramer announced that John Colt, state relief director, would have a final decision to make concerning the request of the Courier-Post Newspapers for a list of salaries of employees of the Camden County Relief Administration.

Colt, through his deputy, Col. Joseph D. Sears, refused this week to permit publication of the salary lists in newspapers, declaring it would "impose a hardship and embarrass the little fellows on the payroll." Colt is reported to be reconsidering his first decision. 

"In spite of the insidious attacks of agitators endeavoring to break down the hope and faith in the future of our government, our homes, and our institutions, the vast majority of the people are 'carrying on' in a generously patriotic manner that is absolutely necessary to bring back the stable employment conditions which mean so much to all of us," Cramer said. 

Demands Co-operation 

"Every man and woman must do everything in their power to maintain the internal security of this country. I am doing my part by giving the best of my ability to honestly and ably organize and expedite the functioning of Emergency Relief throughout Camden County. 

"Unless adequate relief is given to each and every deserving person, there is a failure which we take very much to heart. At the same time, we must make certain that those who are not deserving receive punishment for taking away the portion due those who are. 

"Qualified citizens will find the records open for examination; all suggestions for the improvement of our service will be welcomed and, as in the past, will be acknowledged. 
"This is a public relief administration, and its success to the fullest extent is dependent upon the full and whole-hearted co-operation of every citizen of Camden County." 

Stone Sees Unemployed 

Dr. Stone conferred with Frank J. Manning, president of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey; Clarence E. Moulette, executive secretary, and George Yost, state organizer of the Young Peoples' Socialist Party.

The trio, Dr. Stone said, called on him to discuss their request for representation within the relief administration. 

"I believe," Dr. Stone said, "that it is only fair that these gentlemen and any others from representative organizations should have an opportunity to look into the inner workings of the relief administration. Of course, it is human to make mistakes, but I want to show these men that if mistakes were made they were made honestly.

"I shall open the office records for their inspection and shall do my utmost to explain all details of relief work to their satisfaction. 

"If, after the tour of inspection, these men still insist on representation in my department of relief work, I shall take up that question for further consideration." " 

Camden Courier-Post - June 23, 1933


Conditions in the strike area of the Eastern United States will be described by Mike Shulman, national organizer of the Young. People's Socialist League, at a meeting of the Camden league to be held tonight at 311 Market street

Frank J. Manning, president of the Unemployed Union of New Jersey, will recount the history of American mine workers. Members of the league will participate tomorrow in Miners' Memorial tag day.

Camden Courier-Post - June 30, 1933


Two student speakers from the Brookwood Labor College, Katonah, N. Y., will address a meeting of the· Young. People's Socialist League at 8 p.m. tonight on the courthouse plaza.

Addresses will be delivered by George Yost, state organizer of the league, arid Miriam Morris, secretary of the Camden branch, both of Camden. The speakers will be introduced by Josephine Colby, instructor in English and public speaking at the Labor College.

Sadly, the Young People's Socialist League still exists on certain college campuses, extolling the virtues of North Korea and Cuba, and lending praise and support to the murderous gangsterism of Al Quaida and the PLO. As anyone who ever saw Pinocchio knows, the poor, the young, and the impressionable are the easiest to influence. 

There are still a few in Camden who parrot the old party line. Their actions and motivations for the most part, like their Soviet counterparts, betraying their words.

To understand what these groups truly represent, one must look to the events of the past 100 years. French journalist Jean-Francois Revel writes “Even during the Cold War, although it was the U.S.S.R. that annexed Eastern Europe, made satellites out of several African countries and invaded Afghanistan, and although it was the People’s Republic of China that marched into Tibet, attacked South Korea and subjugated three Indochinese countries, it remained dogma.... that the only power that could be fingered as ‘imperialistic’ was America”.  Seeing what they want to see rather than reality, anti-Americans will forever detest the U.S.

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