Marie Ganz (1891 – 1968) was an anarchist labour organizer, social worker, and writer. New York based anarchist and orator who briefly worked with the movement of the unemployed and tried to assassinate Rockefeller during the protests over the Ludlow massacre; Emma Goldman characterized her as one of “the impossible people who were in the movement…who did a world of harm and then recanted all they had pretended to be.”
Marie was born in Galicia, Austria, in 1891. She started work at 8 years old and left school at 13 to work full-time as a delivery person, then in a sweatshop.
In 1914, she threatened to shoot John D. Rockefeller, Jr. as she arrived with a crowd and a loaded pistol in front of the Standard Oil Building in Manhattan. She traced that desire, in part, to the Ludlow Massacre, for which, she felt, the Rockefellers were directly responsible.
She was arrested during the New York City Food Riot of 1917.
In 1919, she met her future husband, journalist Nat J. Ferber, as he visited her in jail to interview her. They would go on to write her autobiography, Rebels: Into Anarchy–And Out Again. 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.
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