Grove Press, 2004 - 272 páginas
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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 toMoscow, 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).

"[Olga's] 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.

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Olga Benario Prestes was the epitome of the 1930s Communist activist. Sent by the Comintern to guard Brazilian rebel leader Luis Carlos Prestes (who became her husband), she was captured and sent to ... Leer reseña completa


Inside the Red Fort
In Jail
Enter the Knight of Hope
Honeymoon in New York
Destination Rio
The Conspiracy Begins
Revolution in the Streets
A Spy Among the Communists
A Noxious Foreigner
Rebellion in Red Square
In the Cellars of the Gestapo
Dona Leocádia Takes On the Gestapo
With Sabo in the Nazi Fortress
Slavery at Ravensbrück
The Final Journey
São Paulo July 1945

Mr Xanthaky Appears
Miranda and Ghioldi Talk
In Pursuit of Olga
The Police Suicide Barron
The Brazilian Ambassador and the Gestapo

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