Dornemann, Luise (1901–1992)

Dornemann almost does not fit in here. Although she spent about ten years in the UK after fleeing Germany, almost nothing is known about her time here. But I am including her because she represents a political current otherwise not touched upon here: the issue of sexual politics under Weimar.… read on...

Martin Monath and the Trotskyist Alternative

an extract from Anti-Nazi Germans

Martin Monath was a Berliner of Jewish heritage who had been a leading member of the German section of the socialist zionist organisation Hashomer Hatzair. This organisation encouraged Jews to emigrate to Palestine to build a Jewish nation state, but they wanted the new country to have a socialist economy.read on...

The Kuczinski clan

Jurgen Kuczinski is better known than most left-wing German refugees, partly thanks to the book by John Green, the work by Prof Brinson and partly because members of the family clan keep his memory alive in both the UK and Germany.… read on...

HAGER, Kurt (also known as Felix Albin)

Kurt Hager lived in the UK between 1939 and 1946. But his main claim to fame is his Stalinism. Although an active and brave anti-Nazi in Germany and then Spain, he was always a Party man.

He joined the Communist youth organisation KJVD in 1929, the KPD in 1930 and the Red Front in Wurtemburg 1932.read on...

Edith Bone

Edith Bone was born Edit Hajós in 1889 in Hungary and became a doctor. From 1923 to 1933 she lived in Berlin. She then came to the UK where she married Gerald Martin, a translator, in 1934 and became a British subject and photographer.read on...

German Left-Wing Exiles to the UK

A very small group of anti-Nazis escaped to Britain and even fewer settled here. While around 55,000 people fled Germany in 1933 alone, only about 2000 came to the UK: Britain gained from Germany’s loss; amongst the refugees were a galaxy of leading scientists and many cultural figures.… read on...

Wilhelm Koenen

After an early period of militancy, Koenen became more of an org man than most people included here, but his remarkable history is still illustrative of how far the German left’s roots lay in the revolutionary years and upheavals of 1918-1923, how difficult the British state made it for even a Reichstag deputy who was a Communist to get in to the UK and what a small sectarian fishbowl these anti-Nazi refugees jostled in.

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Gunther Reimann, Rosa Leviné-Meyer and Ernst Meyer

Günther Reimann

Günter Reimann’s (1904–2005), born Hans Steinicke, to a Berlin Jewish bourgeois family, Hans adopted Reimann as a pen-name when he became economics editor for the KPD newspaper in about 1925. In 1923, he had already joined the KPD’s Youth League.… read on...