[Marxism] Lisa Fittko

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Sat May 7 14:53:27 MDT 2005

Louis P wrote:

> (Anti-Nazi fighter who died at the age of 96 last month. She accompanied
> Walter Benjamin across the Pyrenees!)
> http://www.lrz-muenchen.de/~catherine.stodolsky/lisa/lisa.html
I read Lisa Fittko's book, Solidarity and Treason, a few years ago. The most 
vivid part of her memoir is her recounting the early, ultimately 
unsuccessful, efforts of local CP leaders like herself and her husband Hans 
to build an undeground resistance movement shortly after the Nazi takeover. 
Hans was the leader of the "Potsdamer" cell, tough activists from the 
militant working-class quarter in Berlin. There's an especially tense moment 
as the Gestapo is mounting the stairs to their apartment, and the couple are 
gathering their few belongings, preparing to escape to Switzerland. "No need 
to hurry, no need to hurry", Hans reassures Lisa, a good illustration of the 
remarkable composure and self-discipline strong people exhibit in the most 
terrifying circumstances. Her book would make a great movie, but their 
politics are no longer fashionable in film circles today.


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