Loquis: Maria Teresa Regard, the partisan woman of Trastevere

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Maria Teresa Regard, the partisan woman of Trastevere


Published on:  2018-02-19 07:35:00

  Famous people of Rome

Born in Rome to a Genevan family, Maria Teresa Regàrd spent her childhood in Naples, where, at the age of sixteen, she discovered her political commitment by approaching a Trotskyite group, when she came back to Rome and studied at the Liceo Mamiani. During the forty-five days of Badoglio’s government, she constituted a section of the party here, in Via della Scala, in Trastèvere. On September 10, 1943 she participated in the clashes of Porta San Paolo, entered the Gap, she met her future husband, Franco Calamandrei. She took part at the action against the German command at the Flora hotel in Via Veneto. On January 24, 1944, Maria Teresa Regàrd, together with Guglielmo Blasi, at the Termini station caused the death of three German officers and wounded another nineteen or so. She was assigned to be Lt. Six days later, she was arrested in the home of Gioacchino Gesmundo and taken to Via Tasso, she was interrogated and then released, because the gappista Giorgio Labò, formerly arrested, although subjected to torture, declared that he did not know her. She became a correspondent for the New Courier, in London. In 1999 she was seen as a witness to the Priebke trial.

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