Monday 5 March 2018

Michele Hanson – 1943 – 2018

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All at Unite Against Fascism were very saddened to hear of the death of Michele Hanson, wonderful writer and for many years a columnist at the Guardian (or ‘Grauniad’ as she affectionately called it).

Michele came on the UAF educational trip to Krakow and Auschwitz, last November. As friends recall, she was nervous about doing so, for numerous reasons. Through them and after several, long and memorable phone calls to our office, she said, still with some trepidation, ‘I’m going to come…is that ok?’.

Her presence on the trip was something all who talked to her, won’t forget. She spoke with insight about why she had come along and why it was essential that anti fascists had to be ‘on guard’ today. This of course, alongside gales of laughter and language that would make a docker blush. We all thought a lot of her. The sad news last weekend came as a shock that someone so full of life was gone.

Her sudden death has of course, saddened many, from Jeremy Corbyn to new activists, who met Michele in Poland and have spoken of how much they liked her enthusiasm and wit.

Deepest condolences to her daughter, Amy and all Michele’s friends and comrades, particularly from the Jewish Socialist Group. Below is a brilliant piece Michele wrote for UAF about the trip. We were honoured that she wrote it and repost it, below as a mark of great respect.
Michele wasn’t sure she could do justice to her feelings about going to Krakow and Aushwitz. After some persuasion, she agreed. Suffice to say, she wrote a memorable and profound column.

RIP Michele and thanks.

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