Marie Ganz

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Marie Ganz in 1914
Gantz speaking at the Food Riots of 1917

Marie Ganz (1891 – 1968) was an anarchist labour organizer, social worker, and writer.


She was born in Ukraine in 1891.

She started work at 8, and left school at 13 to work full-time as a delivery person, then in a sweatshop.[1]

In 1914, she threatened to shoot John D. Rockefeller as she arrived with a crowd and a loaded pistol in front of the Standard Oil Building in Manhattan. The judge is very lenient, but she signs an autobiography in which she renounces anarchism and writes: "During all this time, Emma Goldman, the anarchist leader, was away on a lecture tour and out of harm's way. She paid no attention to appeals to come back and to take part in the meetings. She was making money and she was living comfortably at first-class hotels, and I became convinced that she had always been actuated by sordid motives."

She was arrested during the Food Riots of 1917.[2]

In 1919, she met her future husband, journalist Nat J. Ferber as he visited her in jail to interview her about her autobiography, He would go on to write Rebels: Into Anarchy–And Out Again. with "Sweet Marie". On September 30, 1921 their daughter, Lenore Ferber Kahn was born in New York City.

Marie died at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, New York City in 1968.

Further reading[edit]

Rebels: Into Anarchy–And Out again, by Marie Ganz with Nat J. Ferber (out of copyright).


  1. ^ Sanford Sternlicht. The Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers. p. 103. 
  2. ^ "Women in Bread Riot At Doors of City Hall. WIth Babies in Arms They Cry for Cheaper Food. Dispersed by Mounted Police. Police Fail to Break Rush. Mrs. Harris Makes Speech. Marie Ganz Arrested". New York Times. February 21, 1917. Retrieved 2015-02-13. Four hundred east side mothers, many Carrying babies and all shouting 'We want food for our children!' poured from Rutgers Square through East Broadway and the Bowery to City Hall about 11 o'clock yesterday morning and ...