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Olga Benario, German and Jewish, was one of the most remarkable Communist activists of the twentieth century. Blessed with a genius for organization and an unwavering devotion, the beautiful, willful daughter of a liberal Munich lawyer crisscrossed the globe educating and activating legions to combat the worldwide plagues of nazism and fascism. At the age of nineteen, she masterminded a daring prison raid to free her then-lover, the Communist intellectual Otto Braun. Together they escaped to Moscow, where they quickly rose in the ranks of the international Communist movement. At twenty-six, she was chosen to serve as bodyguard to the legendary Brazilian Communist guerrilla leader Luis Carlos Prestes, who has been brought to Moscow for training and will soon become her lover. Traveling under assumed names, they crossed Europe and North and South America to reach Brazil, where Prestes would launch a revolution against the Fascist regime. Within months, they were seized by police. After six months of tirelessly continuing her activism from within Brazilian prisons, Olga, now seven months pregnant, was classified as extremely dangerous and was deported to the Nazi Germany. She was subsequently sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, and in February of 1942, she was sent to her death in the gas chambers at Bernburg. Reissued to coincide with a new film adaptation by the producers of “City of God,” Olga is “a heartbreaking biography [that] is filled with high drama" (Publishers Weekly).

"[Olgas] hunger for adventure, her sheer force of character, her passion and courage, called her to a strange and tragic destiny. . . . The saga of Olga Benario is aflame with the telltale glow of an author who has fallen hopelessly in love with his subject. Morais tells Benario's story so vividly, so convincingly, that we can readily understand why." –Los Angeles Times Book Review

Fernando Morais is a journalist who also served as Minister of Culture for São Paulo province.

Synopsis:

This biography profiles Olga Benrio Prestes, part German and Jewish, who became one of the most prolific Communist activists in the 1930s until her death in a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 26. This book is reissued to coincide with a new film on Olga's life, produced in Brazil.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802141897
Translator:
Watson, Ellen
Publisher:
Grove Press
Translator:
Watson, Ellen
Author:
Morais, Fernando
Author:
Watson, Ellen
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
HISTORY / Europe/Germany
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
8883
Publication Date:
January 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.5 oz

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Political
History and Social Science » Europe » Germany » Nazi Germany
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » Nazi Germany
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust

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