Aging Political Activists: Personal Narratives from the Old Left

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Chapter Six
I Would Probe Into Their Feelings About How They Missed the CP Life

[Third interview with Joseph Dimow, conducted at his home in New Haven, Connecticut, on April 25, 1990.]

DAVID SHULDINER: Today is April 25, 1990, and we're continuing our discussion [about] the identity of Joe Dimow [laughs]. And what were you just about to say before we turned the [cassette recorder on]?

JOSEPH DIMOW: The thing I did think about is, if I were to interview other people in a similar situation to mine, what would I ask them about? I didn't think that I would ask them anything different than we had been talking about, but I think I would probe more deeply into some areas. And the areas I would be concerned with was the question of what I called regret, though, again, I'm not sure that's the right word. I'm using that word to remind you of it [That is, previous remarks Joe made about regret], an area of thinking that [poses the question]: Should I have made certain decisions, or should I have done different things at different times?

In speaking to other people--I'm particularly keeping in mind two people with similar backgrounds in the sense that they were [manual] work[ers], one a printer and one a carpenter. [Joe is referring to his two friends Sid Resnick and Jake Goldberg.] Do they feel that they should have made other decisions when they were young; that it was wrong or mistaken to have put so much time and energy into trying to build the Communist Party, in that movement?

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