Anita Halpin

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Anita E. Halpin (née Hess born 1944, Hampstead, London)[1] is a British journalist and political activist.

Halpin is the former chair of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), honorary treasurer for the National Union of Journalists and member of the Trade Union Congress General Council. She is married to CPB Industrial Organiser Kevin Halpin.[2] Previously a long-time member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, she stood for election to the London Assembly.[3]

Restitution of paintings[edit]

In 2006 she inherited a painting, as the sole surviving heir to a Jewish German shoe-factory owner, under contentious restitution laws concerning art looted by the Nazis. Berlin Street Scene by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which had hung in Berlin's Brücke Museum,[4] was sold at Christie's auction house in New York City for £20.5million on 8 November 2006.[5]

According to 'Pandora' in The Independent newspaper of 26 May 2008,[6] she has donated the sum of £9,310 to her party.


  1. ^ "£100m secret of woman they call 'Stalin's granny'", Evening Standard, 18 November 2006
  2. ^ "Flushing out the Labourites". Weekly Worker. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Candidates for the Greater London Assembly". Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Jewish Heirs Want Their Art Back". SPIEGEL Magazine. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Paul (2006-11-10). "Communist Party chair nets £20m in painting sale". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  6. ^ Duff, Oliver (2008-05-26). "£20m 'Stalin's granny' gives pittance to her party". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-04-25.