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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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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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.

Sep 282014
 

AtravesllaMetrallaA TRAVÉS DE LA METRALLA. Escenas Vividas en Los Frentes y en La Retaguardia por ARMAND GUERRA. NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.53 READ INSIDE  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE UK : £2.53 ; USA : $4.00 France :  €3.21 ; Spain:  €3.21 ; Italy :  €3.21 ; Germany : €3.21 Japan : ¥ 436Canada : CDN$ 4.39 ; Brazil : R$ 9.47 ; Mexico: $52.84 ; Australia : $4.48 ; India : R243

Las memorias personales de un cineaste anarquista de la guerra civil entre 18 de Julio y Deciembre 1936. ESTÍVALIS CABO, José María: Más conocido como Armand Guerra. A veces citado como Estívalis Calvo y Gerard Guerra. Liria (Valencia), 4-1-1886 / París (Francia), 10-3-1939. Hijo de campesinos educado en la religión, fue monaguillo y seminarista hasta su total ruptura con la divinidad para dedicarse a la imprenta (desde los trece años) y al teatro y más tarde al cine en el que destacará en todas sus facetas (director, guionista, actor, etc.). Su pertenencia al movimiento anarquista es antigua. Preso en 1907 a consecuencia de una huelga de tipógrafos, es posible que anduviera un tiempo por las Antillas antes de recalar con un hermano en París (1908).

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Sep 192014
 

AsesinosNOSOTROS, LOS ASESINOS (Memorias de la Guerra Civil Española 1936-39). por Eduardo de Guzmán. NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.53 READ INSIDE  Check out all Christiebooks titles HERE

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Nacido en Villada (Palencia) en 1909 pero residente en Madrid hace medio siglo, Eduardo de Guzmán inicía muy joven sus actividades profesionales trabajando en diversos periódicos. En 1930 es nombrado redactor jefe del diario madrileño «La Tierra», cargo que desempeña durante cinco años. En 1935 pasa a «La Libertad» como editorialista y redactor político. En febrero de 1937 se le designa director del periódico matutino «Castilla Libre», órgano de la C.N T en la capital de España.

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Sep 182014
 
JARAMA BATALLON LINCOLN

Lincoln Battalion, Madrid, 7 February 1937

I lived in Spain some nine months, and had not made friends with one Spaniard. I hardly knew what a Spanish man or woman thought, except by what I read in the papers. My only intimacy with any Spaniard had been with whores in bordellos. I did have Spanish nurses, mostly aides to women of the International Brigades. They were hardworking and friendly, but disappeared after work to homes we never visited. For nine months I lived under the aegis of Moscow-trained leaders, policed by men with guns on their hips. Wherever I went, Albacete, Villanueva de la Jara, the front, Murcia, side trips to Alicante and Cartagena, and later Valencia and Barcelona, I lived under the eyes of commissars and Party strongarms, apparatchiks, call them what you will. I might very well have been living in what later became an Eastern European Communist dictatorship.

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Sep 182014
 
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William Herrick, 1915-2004 (photo Dick Duhan)

Back in Murcia, now ensconced in an office on Calle Nicolai, several blocks from the Street of Ragshops, I worked on the hospital newsletter with the help of an American boy who suffered from epilepsy. Why he had come to Spain in his condition, I don’t know. He had been wounded, and frequently suffered from seizures. When in high school I had had experience with someone suffering from petit mal, a boy who sat next to me, and I had learned how to be helpful, putting a handkerchief in his mouth so he wouldn’t bite his tongue, and so on. In Murcia, the kid’s name was Bercovici and he was related to a writer who was to become one of the Hollywood blacklisted.

Men were now being repatriated, but I didn’t ask, nor did Oscar Hunter, my pol, say anything to me about it. The men now coming to Spain from the States were told their hitch was only for six months. My group had not been told there would be a time limitation; we just assumed it was for the duration. Later, the limitation was arbitrarily rescinded. When men insisted they wanted to be repatriated after six months, they were vilified as Trotskyites or cowards or spies, and those who decided to leave without salvo conductos were called deserters. A number were shot. It got so bad that Tony DeMaio, as I’ve said, was dispatched to Barcelona to stand outside the American Embassy to nab those seeking refuge there.

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Sep 182014
 
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Anthony DeMaio in Spain, 1938, Russian State Archives of Social and Political History, Moscow, 545.6.880.

“In the realm of totalitarian kitsch,” Milan Kundera wrote, “all answers are given in advance and preclude any questions. It follows, then, that the true opponent of totalitarian kitsch is the person who asks questions. A question is like a knife that slices through the stage back-drop and gives a look at what lies hidden behind it.”

I was now fully outside the compact mass, yet so indoctrinated was I in my Party, by my very birth, that I was able to give the answers without even being asked the questions. I was on automatic pilot. I was able to dissemble without truly being aware of it. My anger and my fear combined to protect me against my new enemy, my former self. I became impossible. Just say one word of criticism of the Comintern, the leadership, the line, and I was down your throat. I hated the very idea of giving up my nest, my mass, my friends. Doug would look pained, shrug, walk off. Joe might very well kill me. If Oscar Hunter, my political commissar—Mickey Mickenberg had by now called the commissariat at the front “comic stars”—knew what had happened to me, he said not a word. We carried on as before. Besides, suddenly we all had something to be exhilarated about; the great Republican offensive had begun in the center front for the relief of Madrid, victory after victory almost daily. There! It could be done. Followed by despair, for the Nationalist army had retreated in orderly fashion, then turned and regained all the territory it had lost.
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Sep 182014
 
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Oliver Law — left (October 23, 1900 – July 9, 1937) African-American CP commander of the Lincoln Battalion for 4 days in July 1937.

Supine in an ambulance train, doped up, head immobile, a Spanish nurse feeding me slices of orange and the sweet meat of pitted dates, the passage of time snail-like, I arrived with hundreds of I.B. wounded in the rich market city of Murcia. I was deposited in a hospital named after La Pasionaria. Forgive me my latter-day bitterness; she was an impressive figure, a great orator, who kissed Joe Stalin’s ass before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and once more before going to bed. She blackmailed the Spanish govemment: the Soviet freighters lying outside its harbors would not unload their cargo of arms unless there was acceptance of the Party demands that each army unit have political commissars (and who were they to be?) , that the voluntary collectives be demolished and abolished, and that the POUM be outlawed. In Mundo Obrero, the Communist Party newspaper, she wrote that it is better to kill a thousand innocent people than to permit one Trotskyite to live. She was a charming woman who afiirmed her love for Joseph Stalin until the day she herself died, long after his own people had convicted him for his massive docket of crimes. There are those who still call her a great woman. I am not among them.

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