Come to a book launch of ‘Beaten But Not Defeated’ by Merilyn Moos on Friday 14th November 2014 at Bookmarks at 6.30.
This biography charts Siegi Moos’s life, starting in Germany when he witnessed the Bavarian uprisings of 1918/19 and the later rise of the extreme right. The book then follows Siegi’s progress in Berlin between 1929-1933 as a committed Communist and an active anti-Nazi in the well-organised Red Front, before much of the German Communist party (KPD) took the Nazis seriously, and his deep involvement in the Free Thinkers and in agit-prop theatre.
Siegi escaped Germany in 1933 and, exiled in Britain, left the Communist Party in around 1937 and for the rest of his life, sought another route to the transformation of capitalism.The book describes Siegi’s life as an exile: the loss of family, comrades, his first language and the impact of exile on his personal relationships.
This is a fascinating and often moving account of the life of Siegfried Moos, a German Communist and workers’ theatre activist in the years before Hitler came to power, and later exiled in Britain; it casts valuable new light on the advent of Nazism and the opposition to it. Ian Birchall, London Socialist Historians Group, author of ‘Sartre Against Stalinism’
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