A short biography of the German anarchist Gerhard Wartenberg, murdered by the Nazis.
Gerhard Wartenberg was born on 1st February 1904 at Tannroda in Thuringia, Germany into a Social-Democratic family. Although his parents were not wealthy they helped him get to Leipzig University where he studied chemistry, eventually getting a doctorate in 1928.
A short biography of the German anarchist Otto Wolf, active in the FAUD underground.
Otto Wolf was born the 1st March 1902 into a poor family in the Kleinzschocher district of Leipzig in Germany. When the grandfather died in 1905, the family moved to Naumburg where they took over his restaurant and small grocery store. Their father had a fatal fall, and his widow Marta took over the running of the establishment. An insurance claim for Otto’s father’s death was turned down.
A short biography of Hermann Steinacker, German anarchist murdered by the Nazis.
"Fixed and unwavering our comrade always believed in the collapse of the Nazi regime. Quiet, even humorous, he endured his imprisonment in the Munster penitentiary." August Benner writing about Hermann Steinacker.
A short biography of French steel fitter Jules Sellenet, who operated under the name of Boudoux.
Jules Sellenet was born on 18th July 1881 at St-Etienne in the Loire region of France. He married Joséphine Doumen at Coursan in the Aude region in 1901. A little later he was drafted into the army. Because of his anarchist opinions he was transferred from one infantry regiment to another at Narbonne.
A short biography of Benoit Broutchoux, French anarchist active in the mines of the North.
“His anarchism was not doctrinaire. It was made up of syndicalism, of anti-parliamentarism, of free thought, of free love, of neo-Malthusianism and lots of cheek. He was Benoit, simply Benoit .” Pierre Monatte on Broutchoux
A short biography of the anarchist writer Henry Poulaille, champion of Proletarian Literature.
Henry Poulaille was born in a working class family in 5th December 1896, in the working class district of Menilmontant in Paris. His mother was a chair caner and his father was a carpenter. His father was interested in revolutionary syndicalism and supported all the actions of the dynamic young CGT and was sympathetic to anarchism and revolutionary socialism.