“Revolutionary syndicalism serves the proletariat, whereas anarchism is one brand of humanism” - interview with Juan Garcia Oliver
Juan McIver looks at the Spanish Civil War and the work of poet and playwright Federico García Lorca
The individual in Lorca
The play El public (The Public) was written by Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) in 1930. It was never performed during his lifetime. On 16 July 1936 Lorca left the manuscript in Madrid. Five weeks later, he was murdered by Franco’s troops in Granada.
Chapter 11 from Augustin Souchy's autobiography, Beware! Anarchist: A Life for Freedom.
The municipal elections of April 14, 1931 were followed by a drastic change in the political panorama of Spain. The Republicans won a majority, an unmmistakable writing on the wall for the military government. The king fled, the monarchy disintegrated, the republic was victorious. All this in one day and without bloodshed.
A practical proposal for implementing anarchosyndicalism in Spain in 1936.
D.A. de Santillan was a leading figure amongst the anarchist revolutionaries during the Spanish Revolution 1936-1939.This traveler, journalist, editor and economist, who suffered imprisonment for fighting the old regime, was asked by the CNT at the height of Spain's revolutionary fervor to help outline and flesh out the new world being built.
A short biography of Spanish anarcho-syndicalist and anti-fascist guerilla fighter Basiliso Serrano Valero, a.k.a El Manco de La Pesquera.
Basiliso Serrano Valero was born on Wednesday, April 15, 1908 in the municipality of La Pesquera, as the fifth child of Francisco Serrano and Rosario Valerio. The family was poor like most in the area, and after his father's untimely death, young Basiliso would have an early awakening to the harsh life of the Spanish working class.
Agustín Guillamón's short biography of Josep Rebull, POUM militant and opponent of that party's collaboration with the Catalan government during the Spanish Revolution. Originally an introductory part of "La izquierda del POUM en Mayo de 1937: Militancia y pensamiento político de Josep Rebull"
Josep Rebull Cabré was born in Tivissa (Tarragona) in 1906. His entry into social struggles followed the example of his older brother, the well known POUM militant Daniel Rebull (“David Rey”)<fn>There is a photo in which “David Rey” appears together with Trotsky, already in Mexico in January 1937.
Dutch-Canadian journalist Pierre van Paassen recounts his visit of liberated Barcelona, his meeting with libertarian fighter Buenaventura Durruti, and the taking of the town of Sietamo by anarchist forces. This is an extract from van Paassen’s book Days of our Years, which documents his experiences in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before the outbreak of World War II.
Three months later when I visited Barcelona again, there remained not a trace of disorder. The old regime was making way for a new order of things. Theaters had reopened. The transportation system, including the taxicabs and the underground railway, was functioning normally, and food was plentiful. But the false Montmartre atmosphere in the Paralelo neighbourhood had completely evaporated.
Letter from Italian anarchist Camillo Berneri to anarchists in the Spanish Government during the revolution.
It was my intention to address myself to all you comrade ministers, but once the pen was in my hand, I addressed myself spontaneously to you alone and I did not wish to go against this instinctive impulse.