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Celia Hart

Celia Hart, who died in 2008, was the daughter of two historic leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Armando Hart and the late Haydée Santamaria. A physicist, writer and former member of the Cuban Communist Party, she described herself as a “freelance Trotskyist”. She published many articles on Trotsky and on Permanent Revolution.

Celia discovered Trotsky’s writings when she was studying physics in East Germany in the 1980s. At that time she could see at first hand to what extent this so-called “really existing socialism” was a society in decadence and without a future. Celia Hart was lucky enough on returning from the GDR to be able to find the writings of Isaac Deutscher in her father’s library.