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Born Yetta Leah Amias in 1917 in the east end of
In the 1930s, Laura saw communism as a way of responding to anti-semitism. She became school secretary to GCT Giles (see separate entry), the Communist head teacher of
Laura Kline recognised educational discrimination against black children at a time when many of those running local education did not. She was never afraid to be different, and this was her distinct contribution after years of mainstream teaching.
After years in mainstream teaching, Laura became head of Catford Education Centre, in south
In late life, Laura and Cecil drifted out of the Communist Party, but continued to stand up for the disadvantaged. In retirement, Laura joined the women's network Growing Old Disgracefully, set up a Jung philosophy group and enjoyed creative writing, eventually penning a novel, due to posthumously published. Cecil died in 2003 and Laura died aged 93 in 2011.
Guardian 3rd March 2011