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Feb 272015
 

TinieblasySangreDarkness and Blood: The Libertarian Movement Against Francoism (April 1949—July 1952) –  Antecedents and Consequences by Antonio Téllez Solá (Notes for an unpublished work). (In Spanish)
Tinieblas y sangre. El movimiento libertario contra el franquismo (abril de 1949 a julio de 1952). Antecedentes y consecuencias por Antonio Téllez Solá. Notas para una obra inédita.

Tenebres i sang. El moviment llibertari contra el franquisme (abril de 1949 a juliol de 1952). Antecedents i conseqüències per Antonio Téllez Solá (Notes per a una obra inèdita).

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ChristieBooks on KOBO  — Tinieblas y sangre. El movimiento libertario contra el franquismo (abril de 1949 a julio de 1952). Antecedentes y consecuencias (not available on the Kobo platform)

This collection of hitherto unpublished and unedited reports, memos and jottings were sent to me by the indefatigable historian of the anti-Francoist guerrillas in Spain, Antonio Téllez (1921–2005), prior to his death.  They were intended to provide the basis for his ongoing investigation into the treachery, malfeasance, chicanery, incompetence and litany of failures of the Toulouse-based executive committees of the Spanish Libertarian Movement in Exile (CNT-FAI-FIJL). There had been, he was convinced, treachery and betrayal on a grand scale that, from 1947 until the mid 1950s, had led to the arrest, torture, imprisonment, murder and execution of many brave men, including close friends of his, urban and rural guerrillas as well as CNT militants involved in clandestine propaganda, intelligence gathering and organisational work inside Spain. At the very least the reader comes away better informed about the existence of so many questions as to the roles of X, Y and Z, rather than being able to answer the serious questions raised; to actually identify the traitors and informers by name would require access to the Toulouse MLE-CNT archives, as well as to those of the French and Spanish police, intelligence and security services — an unlikely scenario. (Some of the questions raised by Téllez are, however, addressed in some detail in volume 3 of the novel ¡Pistoleros! The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg.)

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Feb 262015
 
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Sara Berenguer Lahosa (Barcelona 1919 — Montady, France, 2010)

ENTRE EL SOL Y LA TORMENTA. Revolución, Guerra y Exilio de una Mujer Libre, Sara Berenguer Lahosa. NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.92 . LOOK INSIDE Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.92 ; USA : $4.50 FRANCE :  €3.95 ; SPAIN  €3.95 ; ITALY:  €3.95 ; GERMANY : €3.95NETHERLANDS : €3.95JAPAN : ¥ 536CANADA : CDN$ 5.64 ; BRAZIL : R$ 12.91 ; MEXICO: $67.64 ; AUSTRALIA : $5.74 ; INDIA : R280

ChristieBooks on KOBO  — ENTRE EL SOL Y LA TORMENTA. Revolución, Guerra y Exilio de una Mujer Libre£3.00

El testimonio de una vida consagrada a pelear por la libertad, entre el sol y la tormenta es, a la vez, un documento excepcional que nos permite conocer mejor uno de los episodios más extraordinarios de la guerra civil española: la lucha de las mujeres libertarias. En aquellos momentos decisivos de la historia europea, estas mujeres salieron a la calle junto a sus compañeros para defender la República y la revolución social. Acabada la guerra, muchas de ellas continuaron trabajando por sus ideas en el exilio.

Sara Berenguer Lahosa nació en 1919, en la barcelonesa barriada de Poble Sec. Hija de obreros, cuando estalla la guerra civil, ocupará diversos cargos: comité revolucionario (CNT-FAI) del barrio de Les Corts y Comité Regional de Catalunya de las industrias de la edificación, madera y decoración (CNT-AIT). Actividades que alternó con su colaboración de maestra en el Ateneo Cultural de Les Corts y en las Juventudes Libertarias.

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Feb 062015
 

EDOEnglishRGBExtracts— THE CNT AT THE CROSSROADS. The Adventures of an Anarchist Heterodox, Luis Andrés Edo (translated by Paul Sharkey). NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.66 . LOOK INSIDE Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.66 ; USA : $4.00 FRANCE :  €3.54 ; SPAIN  €3.54 ; ITALY:  €3.54 ; GERMANY : €3.54NETHERLANDS : €3.54JAPAN : ¥ 470CANADA : CDN$ 4.97 ; BRAZIL : R$ 10.73 ; MEXICO: $59.91 ; AUSTRALIA : $5.15 ; INDIA : R247

ChristieBooks on KOBO  — Extracts— THE CNT AT THE CROSSROADS. The Adventures of an Anarchist Heterodoxo

Translated extracts from the memoirs of Luis Andrés Edo, an anarchist activist whose life was dedicated to the ‘Idea’ and the struggle for liberty. Throughout his life Luis Andrés Edo remained always both an untiring activist and an intellectual dynamo of the international libertarian movement, constantly provoking thought and developing new anti-authoritarian ideas. His was the voice — the conscience if you like — of what he was proud to call ‘the Apache sector’, defending the anarchist principles of the CNT and fighting untiringly for the restoration of the union’s property and assets seized by the Francoists in 1939, and for justice for the victims of Francoism, particularly the cases of Delgado and Granado the two young anarchists garrotted in 1963 for a crime of which they were innocent. And for at least two generations of young Spanish anarchists who came into contact with him, Luis Andrés Edo was undoubtedly the inspirational role model of the post-Francoist era. From the 1950s until his death in 2009, Edo was to the libertarian movement what Jean Moulin was to the French Resistance. We have only translated four chapters, but should our financial circumstance improve we’ll translate the whole book — a unique and compelling insight into the activities (and shortcomings) of the CNT-in-exile and the wider Spanish Libertarian Movement (MLE).
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Jan 312015
 

SanzCoverEL SINDICALISMO ESPAÑOL ANTES DE LA GUERRA CIVIL. Los Hijos Del Trabajo por RICARDO SANZ. NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.67 Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.67 ; USA : $4.00 FRANCE :  €3.57 ; SPAIN  €3.57 ; ITALY:  €3.57 ; GERMANY : €3.57NETHERLANDS : €3.57JAPAN : ¥ 471CANADA : CDN$ 4.97 ; BRAZIL : R$ 10.32 ; MEXICO: $58.63 ; AUSTRALIA : $5.06 ; INDIA : R246

ChristieBooks on KOBO  — EL SINDICALISMO ESPAÑOL ANTES DE LA GUERRA CIVIL. Los Hijos Del Trabajo

SANZ GARCÍA, Ricardo: Canals (Valencia), 5-11-1898 / Toulouse (Francia), 25-10-1986. Hijo de obreros agrícolas, desde muy joven trabajó en una fábrica de harinas hasta su marcha a Barcelona (1916), donde ingresa en CNT, sección tintoreros del textil (su oficio por entonces), y amiga con el luego asesinado Sabater — el Tero. A partir de 1920 su activismo se acelera: conoce a Ascaso, mitinea por la comarca barcelonesa, participa en las actividades de Los Solidarios e ingresa en la cárcel (1920) durante cerca de dos años. Apenas liberado, se traslada a Zaragoza (juicio contra Torres Escartín por el caso Soldevila) y seguidamente a Francia por Barcelona para evitar nueva detención (en 1924, caídos Suberviola y Campo, es el eje del comité revolucionario en Barcelona). En París permanece poco tiempo porque no le gustó el ambiente del destierro y porque se le encargó comprar mil fusiles en Eibar-Guernica, cruza la frontera por Vera y se le detiene en San Sebastián (dos años de prisión en Madrid, donde conoce a Bajatierra, Romero, Inestal y otros). Liberado, vive en Barcelona, trabaja en la construcción (presidente del Sindicato del ramo en 1930-1931) y sufre frecuentes encierros.
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Jan 172015
 

LibroBlancoEL PISTOLERISMO EN BARCELONA. Los Archivos del Terrorismo Blanco. El Fichero Lasarte. 1910-1930 por PERE FOIX. NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £3.30  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £3.30 ; USA : $5.00 FRANCE :  €4.22 ; SPAIN  €4.22 ; ITALY:  €4.22 ; GERMANY : €4.22 NETHERLANDS : €4.22JAPAN : ¥ 593CANADA : CDN$ 5.93 ; BRAZIL : R$ 13.16 ; MEXICO: $73.02 ; AUSTRALIA : $6.09 ; INDIA : R249

ChristieBooks on KOBO  EL PISTOLERISMO EN BARCELONA. Los Archivos del Terrorismo Blanco. El Fichero Lasarte. 1910-1930 (KOBO) £3.00

Mucho ante de 1909-1910 se habían sembrado, en los ambientes de las autoridades políticas y militares de Barcelona, las semillas de una acción violenta, de exterminio contra los anarquistas v sindicalistas, semillas que florecieron con todo vigor en los años de 1919 a 1923 dejando un incontable tendal de asesinatos, hechos salvajes que tampoco cedieron después.

Cuando se proclamó la segunda República en 1931, fueron descubiertos los ficheros secretos de Lasarte, y Pere Foix, antiguo militante obrero, buen conocedor de las tragedias proletarias catalanas, se dedicó a recoger algunos de los documentos de esos ficheros y reprodujo en el diario L’Opiniò de Barcelona los documentos que formaron luego el libro Los archivos del terrorismo blanco, que vio la luz en 1931, con una segunda edición en 1932. Desde entonces esas páginas habían quedado semiolvidadas hasta que vuelven a la luz en esta edición. El período trágico de 1910 a 1930 tiene en estas páginas una valiosa documentación, que resultará de alto interés para los historiadores y para los estudiosos.

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Dec 172014
 

Mujeres de templesmallMUJERES DE TEMPLE por SARA BERENGUER. NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.63  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.63 ; USA : $4.00 FRANCE :  €3.31 ; SPAIN  €3.31 ; ITALY:  €3.31 ; GERMANY : €3.31 NETHERLANDS : 3.31JAPAN : ¥ 475CANADA : CDN$ 4.63 ; BRAZIL : R$ 10.62 ; MEXICO: $59.05 ; AUSTRALIA : $4.85 ; INDIA : R249

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MUJERES DE TEMPLE: MARÍA BRUGLIERA PÉREZ; PURA PÉREZ BENAVENT (Pura Arcos); JULIA HERMOSILLA SAGREDO (Julia Aransáez); GIOVANNA CALEFFI (Giovanna Berneri); PEPITA NOT; JOAQUINA DORADO PITA; GABRIELA LAHUERTA GIMÉNEZ (Gabriela Aspas); JEANNE RIGAUDIN (Jeanne Humbert); MARÍA LOZANO MOLINA (María Mombiola); FRANCINA RIBAS XIQUES (Francina Campos); CONXA PÉREZ COLLADÓ; MOLLIE STEIMER; ROSA FOGUET DOLL (Rosa Sans); LUISA PUJADAS (Luisa Padrós); JUANA ROUCO BUELA; SIMONE WEIL; MARY LAPORTE (Mary Paniagua y la familia Ródenas); JULIA VERDUCH QUILES (Julia Martí); VIRGINIA MURRIA IBÁÑEZ (Virginia Aparici); LIGIA DE OLIVEIRA (Lígia Augusta Vaz de Oliveira e Sousa); ANA MARIA CRUZADO SANCHEZ (Ana María Zapata); MARÍA MALLA FABREGAS (María Rosell); MAY PIQUERAY; ROSITA PAGO MATA MOROS (Rosita Ferré); GRETE ZAHRASTNIK (Margarita); ÁGUEDA BERTOLÍN CLEMENTE.
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Nov 172014
 

DronneCoversmallA Spanish Company in the Battle for France and Germany (1944-45) by Raymond Dronne (Translated by Paul Sharkey) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £1.97 /2.47. Check out all KINDLE Christiebooks titles HERE  UK : £1.97 ; USA : $3.30France :  €2.47 ; Spain:  €2.47 ; Italy :  €2.47 ; Germany: €2.47 ; Holland: 2.47 ; Japan : ¥ 349Canada: CDN$ 3.39 ; Brazil : R$7.80 ; Mexico: $40.60 ; Australia : $3.43 ; India : R185— ALSO NOW AVAILABLE ON KOBO UK, etc.: £1.75 Check out all ChristieBooks titles on Kobo HERE

Captain Raymond Dronne‘s memoir of the regular army unit he commanded from the summer of 1943 to the spring of 1945, No. 9 Company of the Chad March Regiment, also known as ‘La Nueve‘, a company made up almost entirely of Spanish veterans of the civil war and social revolution of 1936-1939 — anarchists, socialists, republicans. It was Dronne’s column that was ordered by General Leclerc to liberate Paris, which it did — flying the Spanish Republican flag from their Sherman tanks and half- tracks — on 24 August 1944. Of the 146 men of ‘La Nueve’ who landed in Normandy, only 16 survived to be the first to enter Hitler’s Berchtesgaden Eagle’s Nest.

Nov 162014
 

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COMING SOON: ‘LA NUEVE’ — 24 August 1944. The Spanish Republicans who liberated Paris  by Evelyn Mesquida. Preface by Jorge Semprún and afterword by General Michel Roquejeoffre. £12.00/ €16.00 / $19.00 (+ p+p). Publication date: 5 January 2015. Limited print edition of 100 copies so advance orders (cheque, cash or Paypal, to christie@btconnect.com) are essential. Hopefully copies should be available before Xmas.

NUEVE originalOfficers, NCOs and soldiers of the 9th Company of the 3rd March Regiment of Chad, ‘La Nueve’. First row, l-r: Martín Bernal, Antonio Gualda, Bullosa, Zubierta, Domínguez ‘el Extremeño’, José Cortés, Domínguez ‘el Valencia’, Blanco, Lt. Campos ‘el Canario’, Amado Granell, Sarasqueta, Captain Dronne, Montoya, Federico Moreno, Salvador, Antonio. Others include: Lozano, Pradas, Pedro Castillo, LLorden, Juán Molina, Delgado, Elías, Escudero, Royo, Antonio Curto, Felipe Rodríguez ‘el Feo’, Antonio Sanchez, Salinas, Anarés Carayón, Juán Fuentes, Ginés Martinez ‘el Gallego’, Valero ‘el Sevilla’, Gutiérrez, Fernando Moreno, Antonio Muela, Vazquez, Hernández, Jordi Gomis, Luís Morales, Andrés Castillo, Santi, Liébana, Antonio Navarro ‘Carapalo’, Abenza, Baños, Pablo Cañero ‘el Murciano’, Llesta, Clarasó, Floreal, Jacinto Paniagua y Fábregas. A number of the men chose not to appear in the official photograph citing their past activities and possible future involvement in clandestine anti-Francoist activities. Lt. Campos, for example, and his other anarchist comrades of ‘La Nueve’ set up arms and materiel caches for the urban and rural guerrillas of the Defence Commission of the Spanish Libertarian Movement (MLE) in exile.

They are the heroes from a hidden page of history, the soldiers of ‘La Nueve’, No 9 company of General Leclerc’s renowned 2nd Armoured Division (DB).  According to the history books, the liberation of Paris began on 25 August 1944 when General Leclerc’s 2e Division Blindée (2e DB) entered the city via the Porte d’Orléans.  In fact, Leclerc began the push earlier, on 24 August, when he ordered Captain Dronne, commander of No 9 Company, to enter Paris without delay. Dronne thrust towards the city centre via the Porte d’Italie at the head of two sections from No 9 Company, better known as ‘La Nueve’.
The first vehicle from ‘La Nueve’ reached the Place d l’Hôtel de Ville on 24 August 1944 shortly after 8.00 p.m., “German time”.  Amado Granell – Paris’s very first liberator! – climbed down from his half-track to be greeted inside the city hall by Georges Bidault, president of the National Resistance Council, Jean Moulin’s successor. Granell, like 146 out of the ‘La Nueve’s’ 160 men, was a Spanish republican!
The Battle of Paris cost the 2nd Armoured Division the lives of 71 men and 225 wounded. Material losses included 35 tanks, six self-propelled guns, and 111 vehicles.
On 26 August, General De Gaulle strode down the Champs Élysées accompanied by four vehicles from ‘La Nueve’ acting as his escort and protection detail.  The procession was led by Amado Granell and his armoured car.
Survivors of the Spanish Revolution and the civil war against Franco, having enlisted in the Free French army, the Spaniards of ‘La Nueve’ — anarchists, socialists, communists and republicans — went on to liberate Alsace and Lorraine and continued fighting relentlessly into Germany as far as the Nazi heartland in the Obersalzberg in the Bavarian Alps. Of the 146 men who landed in Normandy, only 16 survived to be the first to enter Hitler’s Berchtesgaden Eagle’s Nest.

Evelyn Mesquida has done justice to these heroes of freedom, honouring the pledge she made to the survivors. Journalist and writer Evelyn Mesquida, is honorary chair of the Foreign Press Association in Paris and vice-chair of the European Press Club. She is the author of La Mémoire entre silence et l’oubli. Les soldats oubliés de la libération de Paris (Presses de l’université de Laval, Québec, 2006) and of Sorties de guerre des hommes de ‘la Nueve’ (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2008)

Oct 312014
 

HIGH TREASON The Plot Against the People by Albert E. Kahn NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.58 READ INSIDE  Check out all KINDLE Christiebooks titles HERE  UK : £2.58 ; USA : $4.13France :  €3.29 ; Spain:  €3.29 ; Italy :  €3.29 ; Germany: €3.29 ; Holland: 3.29 ; Japan : ¥ 449Canada: CDN$ 4.51 ; Brazil : R$ 9.91 ; Mexico: $53.93 ; Australia : $4.55 ; India : R245 — ALSO NOW AVAILABLE ON KOBO UK, etc.: £3.00 Check out all ChristieBooks titles on Kobo HERE

Chapter XV PATTERN OF SUPPRESSION

We have seen the war powers, which are essential to the preservation of the nation in time of war, exercised broadly after the military exigency had passed and in conditions for which they were never intended, and we may well wonder in view of the precedents now established whether constitutional government as heretofore maintained in this republic could survive another great war even if victoriously waged.

From an address delivered by Charles Evans Hughes at the Harvard Law School, June 21, 1920.

The real traitors to America at present , . . are precisely those false patriots who cry down truth, obstruct the path of social discovery, deny a free forum to Intellectual Honesty, pretend— while storm clouds gather ominously overhead,— that America is a cooing dove of peace and prosperity, a bird of paradise, a harbinger of glad tidings to a world in despair.

From Samuel D. Schmalhausen’s preface to Behold America!, published 1931.

 

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Oct 292014
 

HIGH TREASON The Plot Against the People by Albert E. Kahn NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.58 READ INSIDE  Check out all KINDLE Christiebooks titles HERE  UK : £2.58 ; USA : $4.13France :  €3.29 ; Spain:  €3.29 ; Italy :  €3.29 ; Germany: €3.29 ; Holland: 3.29 ; Japan : ¥ 449Canada: CDN$ 4.51 ; Brazil : R$ 9.91 ; Mexico: $53.93 ; Australia : $4.55 ; India : R245 — ALSO NOW AVAILABLE ON KOBO UK, etc.: £3.00 Check out all ChristieBooks titles on Kobo HERE

 2. Behind Closed Doors

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June 1950, John Service faced loyalty investigations by the State Department and the Senate. Cleared of the charges he was fired in December 1951 on orders of President Truman’s Loyalty Review Board….

“The procedure before the boards,” wrote the attorney, L. A. Nikoloric, in his article, “Our Lawless Loyalty Program,” “violates the provisions of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Bill of Rights. The employe ‘answers’ the charges to his accusers— not to an impartial judge. He is not told where the derogatory information originated; it is impossible to impeach the reliability of its source . . . His only defense is to prove a somewhat nebulous ‘loyal’ state of mind.”

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