Pietro Ingrao, born on March 30, 1915 and died September 27, 2015.
Pietro was an Italian politician, journalist and former partisan.
He has been for many years a senior figure in the Italian Communist Party (PCI).
Pietro was born at Lenola, in the province of Latina.
As a student he was a member of GUF (Gruppo Universitario Fascista) and won a “Littoriale” of culture and art. dell’arte.
Pietro joined the PCI in 1942 and took part in the anti-fascist resistance during World War II. After the war, he led the Marxist-Leninist tendency in the party, representing its left wing.
This led him to frequent political differences with Giorgio Amendola, leader of the social democratic tendency.
Pietro was a Member of Parliament continuously from 1948 to 1994.
In 1947 to 1957, he was editor-in-chief of the party newspaper, L’Unita.
He was the first Communist to become President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, a position he held from 1976 to 1979.
After PCI’s then-secretary Achille Occhetto, in what was called the Svolta della Bolognina, decided to change the party’s name, Pietro become his main internal opponent.
In the PCI’s 20th Congress of 1991, he joined the reformist majority in its successor, the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), but soon left the group.
After the European elections of 2004 he abandoned PDS and adhered (as an independent) to the more hardline successor to the old PCI, the Communist Refoundation Party.
Pietro has written a number of poems and political essays.
His most important work is Appuntamenti di fine secolo (“Rendez-vous at the end of the century”), published in 1995 in collaboration with Rossana Rossanda.
Pietro Ingrao was an atheist. He died on September 27, 2015 at the age of 100.