Spanish civil war

How the NKVD framed the POUM

POUM headquarters

An extract of the memoirs of Jesús Hernández, a leading member of the Spanish Communist Party and minister in the republican government during the Spanish civil war, explaining how Soviet secret police framed and persecuted the anti-Stalinist communist group the POUM during the conflict.

Wüstemann, Martha (1908- 1992) aka Martha Lewin aka Julia Alino

Martha Wüstemann

A short biography of the German anarchist Martha Wüstemann

The Echo of the Crutches: An Essay on Manuel Escorza del Val – Víctor Malavez

Manuel Escorza del Val

The first installment of a planned series of articles on Manuel Escorza del Val and the espionage and counterespionage agency he directed during the Spanish Civil War (the Investigation and Intelligence Commission of the CNT-FAI), with discussions of the espionage agencies of the Nationalists, the Catalonian government, the Republican parties, the Communists, as well as other anarchist and anarchosyndicalist special operations groups, including the German anarchosyndicalist exiles (DAS), focused for the most part on their activities in Catalonia and on the French border.

Lamberet, Renée (1901-1980)

Renée Lamberet

A short biography of French anarchist militant and historian Renée Lamberet

Durruti en la labirinto - Miguel Amorós

Biografio pri la vivo de Buenaventura Durruti.

Lessons of the Spanish Revolution - Vernon Richards

Collectivised transport during the revolution

A critical account and assessment of the Spanish civil war and revolution, particularly focusing on the successes and failures of the anarchist organisations, written by Vernon Richards.

Bowie’s Bow: 6 Ways David Bowie Is Connected to the Spanish Civil War

Bowie, Orwell, and John Cornford

Exploring hidden connections between David Bowie and the Spanish Civil War, via George Orwell, John Cornford, Tilda Swinton, and photography.

Masera, Pedro (1877- 1938)

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist miner Pedro Masera, murdered by the Francoists in 1938

Female combatants in the Spanish civil war: milicianas on the front lines and in the rearguard

Anarchist militia women in revolutionary Spain

An overview of women fighters in the anti-fascist militias during the Spanish civil war 1936-7, written by Lisa Lines in 2009.

Manuel Escorza del Val (1912-1968). A biographical note – Agustín Guillamón

A brief biographical sketch of the remarkable life of Manuel Escorza del Val (1912-1968), who, disabled by polio when he was a child, but possessing a formidable intellect and an indomitable will, was an active member of the Libertarian Youth and the Peninsular Committee of the FAI, and then the chief of domestic intelligence for the CNT-FAI during the Spanish Civil War—a ruthless persecutor of fascists, priests and “incontrolados”, and “the most powerful figure in the CNT” in April-May 1937 when he played a decisive role in the outbreak of the May Events—and, after the war, he emigrated to Chile, where he wrote literary and cultural review articles for local newspapers.