My experience of Anarchism in Bulgaria - 88 yr old exile Jack Grancharoff at Jura books audio

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May 22 2013 21:45
My experience of Anarchism in Bulgaria - 88 yr old exile Jack Grancharoff at Jura books audio

My experience of Anarchism in Bulgaria - 88 yr old exile Jack Grancharoff at Jura books audio

Jura Books in Sydney recently hosted 'Anarchism in Bulgaria as I see it' by the 88 year old exiled anarchist Jack Grancharoff. Around a dozen people listened intensely to Jack as he described his upbringing and his involvement in anarchism and challenges faced by both fascism and Stalinism.

In the early 20th Century, anarchism entrenched itself as a mass organisational movement in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland - anarchists having already been active in the 1873 uprisings in Bosnia and Herzegovina against Austro-Hungarian control. But it was primarily in Bulgaria and its neighbour Macedonia that a remarkable case of anarchist organising arose, in the midst of the power-play between the great powers. This was the area of conflict where jack focused much of his early talk on.

Growing up in the midst of poverty, Jack soon began to challenge authority in his school, soon being expelled and according to his own words- was an anarchist before he even knew so. Working as a Shepard in the midst of various invasions starting with the nazi occupation and later the soviets, jack was expelled from one village to another before coming across anarchists for the first time while being incarcerated in a soviet concentration camp for a couple of months for being ' an enemy of the people.'

This poorly-studied movement not only blooded itself in national liberation struggles and armed opposition to both fascism and Stalinism, but developed a notably diverse and resilient mass movement, the first to adopt the 1926 Platform of the Ukrainian Makhnovist exiles in Paris 2 as its lodestone. For these reasons it is vital that the revived anarchist-communist movement in the new millennium re-examine the legacy of the Balkans.

The discussion provided a rare opportunity to hear about and to discuss a little known, but critically important, chapter of anarchist history: the ‘Bulgarian Commune’ of 1944/45. Jack was a participant in those events, as well as knowing the rich variety of characters and organisations that were a part of the events leading up to 1945.

Link:http://www.wsm.ie/c/anarchism-bulgaria-history-jack-grancharoff-audio

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May 22 2013 23:06

More information about Jack here:

http://www.takver.com/history/sydney/grancharoff.htm

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May 26 2013 12:46

There's a poster advertising one of Jack's talks from the 1970s framed and on the wall at MAC.