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Volodia Teitelboim

Volodia Valentin Teitelboim Volosky was a Chilean lawyer, politician and author.

Born in Chillan to Jewish immigrants (Ukrainian Moises Teitelboim and Bessarabian Sara Volosky), Teitelboim was interested in literature from an early age. He finished high school (as well as served in the Communist Youth starting at age sixteen), then began his studies in the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, where at graduation he presented his superior thesis The Dawn of Capitalism - The Conquest of America.

During the 1940s Teitelboim suffered, along with all the militants of the Chilean Communist Party, persecution and exile, under the ruling of the Democratic Defense Law (also known as Ley maldita). He was treated and detained in Pisagua. In 1965 he was elected senator of Santiago, remaining in this position until the coup of September 11, 1973. During the rule of Pinochet he lived in exile in Moscow, where he developed the program Listen Chile. He clandestinely infiltrated the Militant Regiment, presenting them to the authorities in 1988. The next year he was elected president of the Communist Party, a position he held until 1994.

Related websites

El amanecer del capitalismo. La conquista de America

Guardian Obituary

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