It is with great sadness that the Marxism-Leninism Today collective learned of the death of Gilberte Salem.
Comrade Salem was a long time anti-colonial fighter and a friend of several of us at MLT. Her companion, Henri Alleg, credited her with saving his life from the torture and imprisonment he incurred in the Algerian anti-colonial struggles at the hands of the French colonial regime, a fact recounted in his powerful indictment of colonialism, La Question. We are proud to have had a hand in the book’s re-publication in the US.
Gilberte was a revered figure in the French and Algerian left and, along with Henri, a staunch opponent of the opportunism afflicting elements of the Communist movement in the most recent period.
Recently, we posted an important article by her son, Jean Salem (Read and Re-read Lenin ) on our website.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Henri, Jean and their families. We, too, feel the loss of this beloved comrade..