Tanja Stern: ‘The Gehrmann sisters. Two German Communists between commitment and resignation

Abstract

In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2015. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 137–150.

The sisters Magda (1899–1969) and Charlotte (1901–1985) Gehrmann came from a simple Berlin working-class family and never reached eminent positions in their professions or in politics. But they were Communists from their youth and their lives reflect many experiences of German Communists during the 20th century. Magda and Charlotte fought in the German November Revolution of 1918/19; they took part in the arguments which split the Left in the Weimar Republic during the Twenties; and they survived the Third Reich, one in prison, one in exile; and they also shared the disillusionment felt by many Communists in the cause they had believed in when it became perverted and polluted by the crimes of Stalinism.

Über die Autorin

Tanja Stern, Dipl.-Theaterwissenschaftlerin, geb. 1952 in Berlin (Ost), 1971 bis 1975 Studium der Theaterwissenschaften in Leipzig, 1981 bis 1984 Fernstudium am Literaturinstitut Leipzig, 1984 literarisches Debüt mit dem Erzählband Fern von Cannes. Lebt als freie Autorin und Verlegerin in Berlin, schreibt Erzählungen, Essays, Reportagen, Kinderbücher und Filmscripts. In dem Erinnerungsbuch Der Apparat und die Seele (Berlin 2012) hat sie die Geschichte ihrer Familie aufgearbeitet.