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Chapter 5: Henryk Grossmann: Theory of Accumulation and Breakdown

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Henryk Grossmann: Theory of Accumulation and Breakdown
Henryk Grossmann: Theory of Accumulation and Breakdown
Paul Mattick
Life

Like most of the central figures of the Frankfurt Institute, Henryk Grossman came from a wealthy Jewish family: his father was ‘a small industrialist and a mine owner’.1 He was born in 1881 in Kraków, in the Austrian-Hungarian province of Galicia (transformed after the First World War into part of Poland). As a university student (enrolled in the law and philosophy faculties) he became involved in revolutionary politics, becoming active in the Polish Social Democratic Party and helping to found the Jewish Social Democratic Party of Galicia (unusually for someone of his class background, ‘Grossman learned Yiddish, so he could agitate among Jewish workers’2). In 1908, ...

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