Lisickova, Petra (1924-1944) aka Rada

Петра Лисичкова

A short biography of Bulgarian anarchist communist Petra Lisickova.

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Submitted by Battlescarred on February 14, 2024

Petra Lisickova was born on 25th May 1924 in the city of Dupnitsa, Bulgaria. Even as a schoolgirl, she began to be enthused by the ideas of anarchist communism. In 1944, she went underground and joined the Kosta Petrov partisan detachment numbering about forty fighters, located in the Kyustendil region. There, she operated under the underground name of Rada (Happy).

On June 25th, 1944, the unit was betrayed by an informer and surrounded by gendarmerie units near either the village of Eremia or that of Debeli Lag, according to different sources. In the battle that followed she and 15 other fighters were killed.

When the Communist Party came to power after September 9th, 1944, they claimed Petra as one of their own, in the same way as the Bolsheviks in Russia had done with anarchists like Iustin Zhuk and Anatoli Zhelesniakov. However, the anarchist Trendafil Marlevsky, who fought in the same detachment as Petra, in his memoirs Beyond the Borders, as well as Dr. Lyuben Yankulov, a fellow anarchist and partisan, refuted this, and asserted that she had remained attached to her ideas of anarchist communism to the end.

Nick Heath

Source: Anarchists in Bulgaria

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westartfromhere

2 months 1 week ago

Submitted by westartfromhere on February 14, 2024

When the Communist Party came to power after September 9th, 1944, they claimed Petra as one of their own, in the same way as the Bolsheviks in Russia had done with anarchists like Iustin Zhuk and Anatoli Zhelesniakov.

The 'Communist Party' is an it. The 'Bolsheviks in Russia' are a they. This is not pedentry. Both terms disguise the authoritarian, hierachical nature of the Bulgarian (Russian Soviet) Communist Party and the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party.

Battlescarred

2 months 1 week ago

Submitted by Battlescarred on February 14, 2024

Pedentry is actually spelled pedantry. Any more helpful comments?