About Daniel Singer

Daniel Singer was born on September 26, 1926, in Warsaw, was educated in France, Switzerland and England and died on December 2, 2000, in Paris.

He was a contributor to The Economist, The New Statesman, the Tribune and The Nation (where he was Europe correspondent for twenty years), and appeared as a commentator on NPR, "Monitor Radio" and the BBC, as well as Canadian and Australian broadcasting. (These credits are for his English-language work; he was also fluent in French, Polish, Russian and Italian.)

He was the author of Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 (Hill & Wang, 1970) (recently reissued), The Road to Gdansk: Eastern Europe on the Move (Monthly Review Press, 1981), Is Socialism Doomed?: The Meaning of Mitterrand (Oxford, 1988) and Whose Millennium? Theirs or Ours? (Monthly Review Press, 1999). The Introduction to Whose Millennium? includes additional words penned only days before the author's passing. Whose Millennium? is available in several translations, with more to come.

A specialist on the Western European left as well as the former Communist nations, Singer ranged across the Continent in his dispatches to The Nation. Singer sharply critiqued Western-imposed economic "shock therapy" in the former Eastern Bloc and US support for Boris Yeltsin, sounded early warnings about the re-emergence of Fascist politics into the Italian mainstream and, across the Mediterranean, reported on an Algeria sliding into civil war.

Daniel the man, the comrade, the mentor... is remembered in

the eulogies delivered at Montparnasse Cemetery
and in messages sent from afar for the occasion
(most of this material is in French, with some Italian and English),

as well as in other speeches presented (mostly) at
the March 3 tribute to Daniel in New York City;

in the obituaries that appeared in
   Le Monde (France),
   Il Manifesto (Italy),
   The Guardian (England) and
   The Nation (USA);

and in the memorial published in the
Summer 2001 New Politics (USA).