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autobiographies

The Prison Memoirs Of A Japanese Woman

Kaneko Fumiko

The memoirs of Japanese anarchist and anti-colonial activist Fumiko Kaneko, written while she was in prison, where she died most likely by suicide in 1926.

The London Years - Rudolf Rocker

A first hand account of legendary anarcho-syndicalist Rudolf Rocker's years in London, where he became involved in the Jewish anarchist movment of the East End. In his time in London, he helped set up the Jewish Bakers' Union, organised mass demonstrations as well as the 1912 Jewish tailor's strike.

Extracts from the Tragedy of a Jewish Teenager - Stanislaw Smajzner

Stanislaw Smajzner After His Escape From Sobibor

The personal account of Stanislaw Smajzner of his time spent in the Extermination camp at Sobibor. From the start of his journey to Sobibor, through to his participationin the mass escape.

Alfred Temba Qabula: A Working Life, Cruel Beyond Belief

A Working Life, Cruel Beyond Belief

The autobiography of the South African worker poet Alfred Temba Qabula (1942 - 2002)

The rebel girl: an autobiography, my first life 1906-26

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn addresses strikers in Paterson, 1913

An epic firsthand account of women and the working class in the early years of the 20th century by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. The fiery socialist and Industrial Workers of the World union organiser writes vividly of her early life.

Beware! Anarchist! A life for freedom - Augustin Souchy

Augustin Souchy, left, on his 90th birthday

The incredible autobiography of an incredible man. Souchy fought in the Spanish Revolution; was a serious and knowledgeable student of Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, and Gustav Landauer; a consistent war-resister; a prolific pamphleteer; a major figure in the International Workers' Association (IWA); an anarcho-syndicalist determined to put theory into practice; one of the best informed specialists on the varieties of workers' control and self-management. These are memoirs par excellence, with a forward by Theo Waldinger, and an afterward by Sam Dolgoff.

Introduction to Emma Goldman's Living my life - Miriam Brody

Emma Goldman's deportation photo. Dec. 31, 1919.

Introduction to the Penguin Classics edition (2006) of Emma Goldman's Living my life, ed. Miriam Brody.

My first years in Philadelphia - Joseph Cohen

Philadelphia Jewish Workman's Circle

A chapter from the autobiographical memoirs of Joseph Cohen, a Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Translated by Emil Kerenji.