World War II

World without visa

Jean Malaquais

The most famous novel of libertarian communist author Jean Malaquais, set in Marseille under Vichy control prior to the German occupation. Dozens of characters feature in this acclaimed novel of human dislocation and degradation.

Selected Writings - Clara Zetkin

Essays and speeches from 1889-1933, long unavailable in the U.S., on women's equality, labor, peace, socialism.

Planet Malaquais – Emilie Bickerton

Emilie Bickerton on Geneviève Nakach, 'Malaquais rebelle'. Biography of a world-wandering modernist writer. First published in NLR #84 (Nov–Dec 2013).

The ordeal in France - Norbert Guterman

Norbert Guterman

Four books on occupied France. Reviewed in Commentary magazine, October 1948.

Auschwitz or the great alibi

Article from Communist Left, No. 6, July – December, 1993; translated from La Gauche Communiste, no. 13., 1987. Original in Programme Communiste, N. 11, 1960. Although attributed to Amadeo Bordiga, it was probably written by the French-Jewish Bordigist Martin Axelrad (1926 – 2010), once a refugee, his parents died at Treblinka.

Papon and the killing of 200 Algerians in Paris during 1961

Paris massacre of Algerians, 1961

A short history of the massacre of scores of Algerians in Paris on 17 October 1961 under the command of a Nazi-collaborating chief of police.

The Bordigist Current (1912-1952): Italy, France, Belgium, USA - Philippe Bourrinet

Updated, substantially-expanded, 2013 Philippe Bourrinet text on the history of the Italian Communist Left.

The Thiaroye massacre, 1944 - Steven Johns

Tirailleurs as prisoners of war

A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II.

The whitewashing of French forces in the liberation of Paris - Steven Johns

Senegalese troops who fought for the French as prisoners of war in Europe

A short account of how American and British commanders ensured that the liberation of Paris was orchestrated by a “whites only” force.

Alternative Vol. 2, No. 2 (October 1949)

The Vol. 2, No. 2 (October 1949) issue of Alternative, an anarchist publication produced out of New York City from 1948-1951 and focusing on pacifist viewpoints.