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Swiss Feminist Humbert-Droz Dies

January 6, 2000

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) _ Jenny Humbert-Droz, one of Switzerland’s first feminists and communists, is dead. She was 107.

Mrs. Humbert-Droz died Tuesday at a nursing home in nearby Malvilliers, the Neuchatel daily L’Express said Thursday. The cause of death was not given.

Born in August 1892, she married Jules Humbert-Droz, one of the founders of Switzerland’s Communist Party, in 1916.

Lenin appointed her husband a secretary of the Moscow-based Communist International, or Comintern, and in the 1920s Mrs. Humbert-Droz worked for the organization as a translator.

The couple returned to Switzerland in 1928 after falling out of favor under Stalin.

After the war, they rejoined the mainstream Social Democratic Party, and Mrs. Humbert-Droz headed a socialist women’s group in Zurich.

She campaigned for greater representation of women in politics and backed women’s rights organizations. After her husband’s death in 1971, she edited his memoirs and wrote her own book, entitled ``One thought, one conscience, one battle.″

Details of survivors and funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

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