Max Metzkow — correspondence with Agnes Inglis

The Emma Goldman Papers
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Report describes a series of letters between Inglis and Metzkow, mostly from the 1940s. Inglis describes him as "f[r]ail and old" but notes that "his mind and feeling remain clear and strong."

First letter from Metzkow, quoted at length, contains his recollections of Johann Neve and Josef Peukert, anarchists who had been friends with Metzkow. It was believed in radical circles that Peukert had betrayed Neve and turned him into the police, though Metzkow writes that "it was great Carelessness on the side of [Peukert], but not in the least intending to be a traitor" that resulted in Neve's imprisonment.

Second letter referenced is from Carl Nold to Agnes Inglis, from October 27, 1930. Nold notes that Metzkow was imprisoned for two years in Germany in 1876 "for spreading anti-militaristic leaflets among the soldiers."

Much of remaining notes are details of correspondence between Inglis and Metzkow in 1940 which form a timeline of Metzkow's life. Some details:

-Born May 31, 1854
-Edited Berliner Freie Presse in the 1870s
-Moved to America in 1888 and worked with Dyer D. Lum on Alarm as a compositor; also worked for Freiheit.
-"in Pittsburg from 1890-1895." Says Inglis: "Berkman never forgot Max Metzkow, who was brave enough -- at that time of hysteria -- to visit Berkman in prison and who attended Berkman's trial, in Pittsburg, in 1892."