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Eve Cohen

Eve Cohen was born into a poor Jewish family in  Liverpool in 1919. She left grammar school at the age of 17 and worked as a clerk in an office for 7 years before moving to an aircraft factory in 1941 making parts for Spitfires where she became a shop steward for the Amalgamated Engineering Union.

She joined the Young Communist League in 1939 and the Communist Party in 1941 serving on its Merseyside Area Committee, Lancashire District Committee, and for two years on the National Executive Committee.  She always said she was proud to have been trained as a public speaker by Harry Pollitt and for many years was in charge of political work amongst women, speaking at public meetings and organising opposition to the Korean war in Liverpool. She stood as a Communist candidate in local elections on several occasions.

 Eve is pictured in the 1950s at a National Assembly of Women meeting

After the family moved to London in 1960, Eve joined the Muswell Hill branch of the Communist Party in north London, and trained to be a teacher at Sydney Webb College where she became President of the student union. She continued her political work joining the National Union of Teachers and served on the committees of the Inner London Teachers Association and the North London Teachers Association as well as the Communist Party's National Teachers Advisory Committee. Having worked in special education for a number of years and becoming a deputy head teacher, she retired in 1979.

Eve was married, for more than 50 years, to Eric Cohen, (see separate entry), the Accountant for the Morning Star from 1960-1977. They had three children  Norma, Maurice and Philip. Eve died, aged 69 in 1988.

Maurice Cohen