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(en) FAU, DA: GERD THOMAS GABLER - SITUATIONIST AND UNEMPLOYED ACTIVIST An obituary

Date Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:34:30 +0300


Slow motionBy: Peter Nowak -July 17, 2021 ---- About 30 people braved the heavy rain at the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof in Berlin. After placing carnations on the urn, they thought of the deceased in silence. "Gerd Thomas Gabler 1951-2021" was written on the blackboard by the urn. "Continuous rain at his funeral, like in 1936 at the funeral of the Spanish anarchist Durruti, that would have pleased Gerd," said a young man from the mourners. The black and red flag of anarcho-syndicalism waved over the group. Gerd Thomas Gabler was guided by him in the various stages of his life. ---- ORGANIZER AND EDUCATIONAL WORKER ---- Many of the mourners had got to know him in recent years in various socio-political contexts. "He shaped the work of our group for many years," said Claudia from the Berlin unemployed group Basta! at the secular memorial event in the cemetery chapel. Basta! has been advising unemployed people for years and accompanies them to job center appointments on request. Under the motto "No one has to go to the office alone", those affected by Hartz IV are to be supported by the authorities. "That was an important concern for Gerd," reports a woman who met him in front of a job center. Since the introduction of the Hartz IV laws in 2005, Gerd has regularly distributed information flyers in front of the Berlin job centers. At that time he had built up a group of unemployed within the basic trade union FAU Berlin. "In addition, providing political and cultural education was a central concern for him," recalls Ullus, who as a student was organized together with his much older colleague Gerd in the education section of FAU. "Gerd was against any inner-left dogmatism. But had its principles. As a steward of an unemployed demonstration, he expelled people who carried flags from a party-affiliated youth organization from the social-revolutionary bloc, "recalls a friend and colleague. In the last few years Gerd developed theNeuköllner Stadtteilladen Lunte offers an extensive educational program with a wide range of topics. It was about questions of self-empowerment in the job center as well as the bloody history of neoliberalism in Chile or the biography of the anti-fascist prosecutor and prosecutor at the Auschwitz trials Fritz Bauer. "He got us young autonomists to listen to lectures on theoretical lectures for several hours," said a comrade who worked closely with him.

THE SITUATION IS
At the end of the memorial event, a former college friend of Thomas Gabler addressed a few words to the mourners. Many of the younger ones, who only knew their comrade as Gerd, learned here for the first time that he was one of the founders of the Institute for Heuristics (IfH) in 1986. According to the situationist concept, the small group tried to bring together art and resistive actions. Gabler and his colleagues, who were only men, also published the magazine Schattenlinien in the early 1990s, which was discontinued after a few issues. The exhibition "Grenzfall" designed by the IfH for the 100th birthday of Walter Benjamin received a little media attention. Some of the former comrades-in-arms migrated into the scientific milieu. Gerd Thomas Gabler was repeatedly unemployed and thus got to know humiliation and regulation in the offices even before the introduction of the Hartz IV regime. But he resisted and showed that you can also organize yourself as an unemployed person. He also devoted himself to the educational work of the precarious and the unemployed. After his funeral, the various friends and colleagues sat together for a long time and drank wine from a carafe that Gerd had made for himself in Paris in the early 1990s by the anarchist writer and coppersmith Georg K. Glaser. He also devoted himself to the educational work of the precarious and the unemployed. After his funeral, the various friends and colleagues sat together for a long time and drank wine from a carafe that Gerd had made for himself in Paris in the early 1990s by the anarchist writer and coppersmith Georg K. Glaser. He also devoted himself to the educational work of the precarious and the unemployed. After his funeral, the various friends and colleagues sat together for a long time and drank wine from a carafe that Gerd had made for himself in Paris in the early 1990s by the anarchist writer and coppersmith Georg K. Glaser.

https://direkteaktion.org/gerd-thomas-gabler-situationist-und-erwerbslosenaktivist/
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