Socialist Worker

Tamara Kalom, 1939-2018

by Fergus Nicol
Issue No. 2636

Tamara Kalom

Tamara Kalom

Many customers of Bookmarks Bookshop will be sorry to hear of the death of Tamara Kalom (Tami) on Christmas Eve.

Tami was born in 1939 in Palestine, to German Jewish parents who fled Nazi Germany.

Her father lost four siblings and her mother a sister in the Holocaust. Her parents died in 1947.

She remembered a Palestinian friend down the road who disappeared one day, clearly during the Nakba. An elder sister took her to the US, where she lived from the age of 11.

She went to university in Chicago, from where there is a photo of her at an Israel stall at a fair in her late teens.

Following university she got married and lived in Israel for two years after which she and her husband separated.

Tami moved to London and later became a committed socialist and anti-Zionist.

Tami was a founding staff member at Bookmarks in 1973 and played a key role in its development, continuing to work there for over 20 years.

Her extensive knowledge of book publishing and sales stood the new shop in good stead.

In addition, her cheerful and friendly nature illuminated the shop.

Her love of music meant that the music of the left provided a backdrop to our work

Tami continued to be an active socialist and SWP member throughout her life.

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Tue 8 Jan 2019, 12:47 GMT
Issue No. 2636
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