Édouard Taubé, who was known as Mody and who wrote under the pen name Gil Lannou, left us on 13 November last, after suffering two strokes in a single week.
Born in 1939, Eddy lived through the war in a small village in the Cévennes with his sister Annie, hidden by a Protestant family. For they had the misfortune to have been born Jewish. The dozens of members of their Polish Jewish family were not so lucky: they were deported to Auschwitz or starved to death in the Lódz ghetto. The Shoah and social inequality made him a rebel. Disgusted by the policies of the PCF during the Algerian war, Edouard naturally supported the Algerian people's struggle for independence. To this end he joined Socialisme ou Barbarie, a small group of intellectuals around [Cornelius] Castoriadis, in 1961. After that, and having become convinced of Marxist and Trotskyist ideas, he joined Voix ouvrière in 1964, the only organisation which was then doing serious political work among the working class.
Édouard then shared the life and struggles of the workers at the Panhard (later Citroën) factories at Porte de Choisy in Paris, before moving on to the works at Saint-Ouen and Aulnay, and PSA Poissy. He was one of the founders of the organisation known as Fraction l'Étincelle, then a part of Lutte Ouvrière, and which later joined the NPA.
Mody, a revolutionary communist activist with a passion for ideas and people, passed on his passion to dozens of others, young and old alike, right to the end. He persuaded and taught, not only through his writings, discussions and his drawings, but also through his manner, his enthusiasm and an unshakeable optimism that made people dream of a different world.
His friends and comrades will pay their last respects on Tuesday 23 November at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, at 10.30 a.m. in the Salle de la Coupole.