HIV researcher and AIDS activistDr. Mathilde Krim
January 15 at 91, in New York
The daughter of parents of Swiss, Italian and Austrian heritage and a convert to Judaism who had joined the Zionist underground, Dr. Krim spoke Italian, German, French and Hebrew as well as English. ...
... born Mathilde Galland in Como, Italy, on July 9, 1926, to Eugene Galland, a Swiss-Italian, and the former Elizabeth Krause, an Austrian. Her father was an agronomist. The family moved to Geneva when Mathilde was 6.
At the University of Geneva, Mathilde was a brilliant student of biology and genetics. Appalled by newsreels of Nazi concentration camps in 1945, she sought out Jewish activists, joined the Zionist underground Irgun and spent a summer smuggling guns over the French border for resistance fighters against British rule in Palestine.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1948, she married an Irgun comrade, David Danon, a Bulgarian medical student, and converted to Judaism. ... in 1953, after Mathilde received her doctorate, they emigrated to Israel, where the marriage ended in divorce.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/obituaries...https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituari...http://www.amfar.org/about-amfar/trustee-biog...
British author of 'A Year in Provence'Peter Mayle
January 18 at 78, in southern France
... an Englishman who started a writing career in his 30s with sex-education books for children before making a spectacularly successful switch to the travel memoir genre with “A Year in Provence,” his 1989 best seller about relocating to Southern France ...https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/obituaries...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-...
White Zimbabwean opposition supporterRoy Bennett
January 17 at 60 in New Mexico
in a helicopter crash with family members
In 2003, the Charleswood Estate in Chimanimani, owned by Mr. Bennett and his family, was invaded. Mr. Bennett condemned the seizure as illegal. In a raucous exchange in Parliament the following year, the country’s justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa, told Mr. Bennett that his ancestors had been “thieves and murderers.” A scuffle broke out and Mr. Bennett shoved Mr. Chinamasa to the ground; he was imprisoned for a year for assault.
Granted early release for good behavior, Mr. Bennett complained of prison abuses, saying that he had been issued a uniform covered in excrement and lice, and made to stand naked in front of guards.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/world/afri...https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/18...
I had never heard of Mr. Bennett, but apparently he was a supporter of Morgan Tsvangirai, which means his death is a loss.