September 16, 1916|
|Died||September 28, 2008
|Known for||Tunisian General Labour Union; L'Avenir de la Tunisie|
Adda was a respected figure of the Tunisian left opposition. He described himself as an Antizionist Tunisian Jew. He brought unlimited support to the liberation of Palestine, often proclaiming his support to the rights of "the martyr population in Palestine". He fought "for freedom, democracy and human rights, for defence of just causes in Tunisia and the world". He was also active in the fight for workers' rights in the Tunisian General Labour Union.
Adda was a member of the Tunisian Communist Party (PCT) from 1934. He belonged to the group which went on with the clandestine struggle after the arrest of the Neo-Destour and Communist leaders in September 1934. He was himself imprisoned by the French colonial authorities from September 1935 to April 1936. Once out of jail, he was nominated on June 1, 1936 at the National Conference of the party as Vice Secretary-General, and in charge of the Communist Youth.
Adda was arrested again in 1952 by the French colonial authorities, and with other Destour and Communist leaders was sent to internal exile in Southern Tunisia. He was not freed until 1955. He later wrote about this period:
For the liberation of my country, I knew prisons, concentration camps and deportations by the French colonialists.
Adda was a member of the PCT executive until 1957. For many years he remained an important leading member of the party and the director of its French-speaking weekly, L'Avenir de la Tunisie ("Tunisia's Future"). After independence he continued to play a role as an activist, but without an official post inside the party. His presence was still felt through his opinions, press articles and participation in democratic and trade-unionist movements.
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- Ali Mahjoubi, Georges Adda (in French), Jeune Afrique, October 5, 2008, p. 41
- Tunisie: Décès de Georges Adda (in French), Business News, September 29, 2008, retrieved October 25, 2009
- Brahim, Ahmed (October 1, 2008), Eloge funèbre du patriote et militant progressiste Georges Adda (in French), ettajdid.org, retrieved October 25, 2009