World War II

The anarchists who liberated Paris, and why they did it - Robert P Helms

Spanish Republicans on the Guadalajara tank

A short account of General Leclerc's 9th Company, better known as La Nueve, who were the first allied soldiers to link with the resistance in the liberation of Paris.

Red years, black years: anarchist resistance to fascism in Italy

Anarchist partisans in Italy

A detailed pamphlet on the history of the Italian anarchist resistance to fascism from the 1920s to 1945 and beyond by region. First published in 1973, translated to English by Alan Hunter and published in 1989 by ASP.

Black and red Company in the Warsaw Uprising (1944) against Nazi occupation

An outline of the ZSP's activities during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. From the Eastern European journal Abolishing the Borders from Below, #31 (February 2008).

The responsibility of intellectuals - Dwight Macdonald

Max Lerner

In the April 1945 edition of politics, Dwight Macdonald took aim at the collective-guilt mentality as embodied in one of his favorite targets among liberal intellectuals, Max Lerner. The article also affords a prime sample of Macdonald's wry, satiric writing style.

“A square deal?”: the Michigan CIO debates the no-strike pledge

Selections from minutes of a 1943 Michigan CIO convention, debating the 'no-strike pledge' during World War II.

Politics

Dwight Macdonald and the politics Circle

Politics was a radical journal edited by Dwight Macdonald from 1944 to 1949. The journal published political and cultural criticism of current events in the 1940s, and had many noteworthy contributors and thought-provoking essays.

The Mechanics Educational Society of America and World War II

A brief introduction to the MESA and their experiences in WWII.

The Communist Party of the United States: from the Depression to World War II

An overview of the American Communist Party from the time right before the Popular Front era until World War II and the Hitler-Stalin Pact.

The Emperors Naked Army Marches On

A documentary about a war veteran and now determined anti militarist Kenzo Okuzaki and his attempts to investigate suspicious murders in his old regiment. He works his way up the chain of command and confronts his former officers and uncovers some grizzly secrets.

The left and rape : why we should all be ashamed of the left’s role in covering up the rape of 2 million women.

A blogpost from an ex-Socialist Workers Party (UK) member about the neglect of the topic of rapes that occured during World War II. TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with accounts of sexual assault and may be distressing for some people