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Trudy Orris

Shaped by her experiences in post-Holocaust Europe and older than most civil rights volunteers, Trudy Orris brought her children with her to participate in demonstrations down South. Orris’s husband was drafted into the Army Medical Corps in Germany at the end of WWII, and her experiences living with him as Jews in post-war Munich for two years made her determined to work against racism in her own country. On returning to the US, she repeatedly went south to participate in demonstrations and voter registration and brought student activists north to help fundraise and to receive medical care. In Selma, she participated in marches and acted as support staff for the medical personnel. For over twenty years, she has been a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and is also active in Women for Racial and Economic Equality as well as groups fighting for the rights of black political prisoners and women political prisoners.


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Gertrude "Trudy" Weissman Orris at a feminist march, Washington, D.C., 1978.
Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States


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