Orwell’s commander in the POUM militia. He demonstrates his commitment to the Spanish Republican cause by sacrificing his Belgian nationality in order to fight in a foreign army. Characterized by a cheerful, nonchalant attitude toward even the most perilous moments in the war, Kopp becomes Orwell’s personal friend and impresses him with his effective leadership in moments of difficulty. During the Barcelona street fighting, he distinguishes himself by parleying with the enemy in the middle of rifle-fire and, through successful negotiation, saving tens of lives. Once the POUM is declared illegal, Kopp is imprisoned. Orwell repeatedly attempts to get him freed but all his efforts fail in the face of police bureaucracy. Kopp, however, assumes he will probably be shot and accepts his fate with good humor. When he is sent to a secret prison, once Orwell has already left the country, Orwell loses his trace.
Georges Kopp Character Timeline in Homage to Catalonia
The timeline below shows where the character Georges Kopp appears in Homage to Catalonia. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...been taken away on stretchers, but Jorge and another wounded man are still missing. Distraught, Kopp asks for volunteers to go search for Jorge, his personal friend and one of his... (full context)
...that this fighting might divert energy from the greater fight against the Fascists. That evening, Kopp tells Orwell that the Government is planning to declare the POUM illegal as a means... (full context)