A short biography of Italian anarchist rail worker, anti-fascist militant and Spanish Civil War fighter Antonio Cieri.
Born in Vasto near Chieti in the Abruzzi in 1898, Antonio Cieri served as an officer in the Italian Army during World War I and was decorated.
After the war he became active in the anarchist movement in Ancona. He got a job as a technical designer for the Italian railways.
Biography of an Italian anarchist communist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and then later in the Italian Resistance to the nazis.
Giuseppe Bifolchi aka Viola aka V
Born Balsorano, Italy 1895. Died Avezzano Italy 1978
Born in the Abruzzi in Balsorano on 20th February 1895
Pantaleon Casildo Arteaga discovered anarchist ideas at 18 and joined the anarcho-syndicalist union the CNT . At the beginning of the Francoist rising which sparked the Civil War, at the age of 24, he joined the Ascaso Column of the CNT-FAI (the FAI was the Iberian Anarchist Federation, linked to the CNT) and fought on the Aragon front.
A short biography of Italian anarchist militant Gino Bibbi, who used his engineering skills to develop weaponry to fight the fascists in the Spanish Civil War.
Gino Bibbi, born in February 1899, came from a family of ‘good standing’ from the village of Avenza near Carrara, with a father who owned a large joiners’ works.
Tom Wetzel's historical article and analysis of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution, and in particular the activities of the Spanish anarchists within it. In text and PDF format.
Available here as a PDF.
A short biography of Spanish anarchist and last surviving member of the Friends of Durruti, Joaquín Pérez Navarro.
In the late 1980s I attended a film in London about the achievements of anarchism and the Spanish civil war. At one point the elderly man sitting next to me began weeping quietly. Suddenly, the passion and the conviction of those events and commitments became manifest.
A short biography of American Communist-turned anarchist Russell Blackwell who travelled to Spain during the Civil War.
Born 1904 - USA, died 1969 - USA
“the anarchist revolution must in no instance utilize the antisocial principles of hierarchy, bureaucracy, and authoritarian discipline.” Russell Blackwell
A short biography of Spanish anarchist doctor and Civil War fighter Pedro Vallina Martinez, who resided in several countries during his life.
Pedro Vallina Martinez was born at Guadalcanal near Seville on 29 June 1879. He studied for his baccalaureate in Seville, and then moved to Cadiz where he became a convinced anarchist militant, thanks to the writings of the outstanding anarchist Fermin Salvochea.