Leon Lewin, 1920–2013

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On Sept. 28, one day before his 93rd birthday, Leon Lewin passed away.

A Trotskyist and unionist, he was an active member of the International Typographical Union and a long-time friend of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP). After moving to Seattle in 1969, Lewin worked at the Seattle Times until his retirement in 1987.

Lewin staunchly supported the Freeway Hall Case, a hard-fought and important legal victory for the privacy rights of third parties and unions. As case defendant Fred Hyde noted, Lewin’s support was important because he was a union typesetter who stood with the FSP against the legalistic witch hunt of another newspaper worker. Lewin spent his life standing up for his beliefs.

He didn’t take kindly to bullies, which led to his work with the United Front Against Fascism (UFAF). UFAF organizer Ann Rogers reminisced that Lewin made the best blintzes she ever had before they went out to confront the Nazis in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. No doubt about it, he had style and backbone.

Up to the end Lewin worked to change the world, leaving a generous and much appreciated $500 behest to the FSP in his will. He is remembered and saluted!

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