The local leader of the dockworkers’ section of the Party at a port in Belgium, Little Loewy is yet another former Party member that Rubashov sacrifices to the cause, though this time in a more indirect fashion. Little Loewy was born in Germany but he faced imprisonment or execution as a result of his involvement with the Party. While the Party promised to help him escape, he was ultimately left on his own, arrested and imprisoned various times, and handed back and forth between the authorities of Belgium and France. Little Loewy is a fervent believer in Communism, and yet he is also principled: he cannot bring himself to accept the Party’s betrayal of its own boycott of enemy countries, which he and the other dockworkers learn of as a result of their job unloading cargo. After expressing his opinions about the wrong-headedness of this new policy, Little Loewy hangs himself, another member of the old guard who is unable to adapt to the new expectations and compromises made by the Party.
The timeline below shows where the character Little Loewy appears in Darkness at Noon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The First Hearing: 12
...its own policy for its own benefit, while expecting the dockworkers to fall into line. Little Loewy , pale, salutes Rubashov and says quietly that this is also his opinion. He asks... (full context)
The First Hearing: 13
The First Hearing: 14
...Rubashov. Rubashov thinks back to the smell of the docks, and to the image of Little Loewy hanging and turning from an attic beam. Ivanov continues that six months after beginning to... (full context)
The Second Hearing: 3
Meanwhile, Rubashov’s “first-person singular” remains silent, composed of disconnected parts: the hands of the Pietà, Little Loewy’s cats, something Arlova had once said, and so on. He dubs this half of his... (full context)