Jun 262014
 

MuertedeEsperanza1LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Primera parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) por Eduardo de Guzmán. (Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.42  READ INSIDE!

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III: DOMINGO, 19 DE JULIO

La calle de la Luna está a cuatro pasos de la redacción de «La Libertad». Apenas leído el manifiesto de la C. N. T abandono el periódico para volver a los locales de la organización confederal en busca de noticias. Son ya las doce y media de la noche y acaba de comenzar un nuevo día — el 19 de julio— que puede y debe ser decisivo para el futuro de todos.

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Jun 232014
 

MuertedeEsperanza1LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Primera parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) por Eduardo de Guzmán. (Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.42  READ INSIDE!

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II: SÁBADO, 18 DE JULIO

A medida que avanza la noche, va disminuyendo la animación en el periódico. Los amigos que han acudido en busca de noticias se van un poco decepcionados. También aquellos redactores o colaboradores que otros días no aparecen por la redacción, y que hoy han hecho una excepción, trasnochando más que de costumbre. A las dos de la madrugada sólo quedamos los mismos que cualquier otra noche. De cuando en cuando, llamamos a uno u otro lado o nos llaman los compañeros destacados en la Dirección General de Seguridad. La impresión continúa siendo la misma. A las tres, el propio director decide irse a dormir.

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Jun 212014
 
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B. Traven – 1926

“I salute you and all the male and female workers, peasants and republican soldiers fighting with such heroism against the fascist beast in Spain. I salute the great men and women Spain has produced in these times of struggle whose lives are, away from the limelight, writing a new History for humankind

Your letter, comrade Herrera, is the first from your country to reach me.

Your invitation, and my thanks for it to all the SIA comrades, represents the greatest honour ever bestowed upon me. Alas, I am not in a position to be able to accept that honour for reasons that you will assuredly not have known of when you made your offer to me.

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Jun 202014
 

MuertedeEsperanza1LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA. Primera parte: NUESTRO DIA MAS LARGO (Así comenzó la guerra de España) por Eduardo de Guzmán. (Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles) NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.42  READ INSIDE!

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«LA MUERTE DE LA ESPERANZA» recoge las memorias personales del autor en los primeros y los últimos días de la guerra de España. Dividida en dos partes, la primera —«Nuestro día más largo>>— es un relato vivido y dramático de la cambiante situación de Madrid durante las jornadas febriles y azarosas del 17 al 20 de julio de 1936; una narración de los comienzos de la trágica contienda en los centros oficiales, las redacciones de los periódicos, las sedes de los sindicatos obreros y especialmente en la calle donde millares de luchadores anónimos se aprestaban a combatir a morir de ser preciso, en defensa de sus respectivos ideales.

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Eduardo de Guzmán (1909 – 1991) Nacido en Villada (Palencia) en 1909 pero residente en Madrid hace medio siglo, 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 hasta comienzos de la guerra en que se integró en las redacciones de CNT y Frente Libertario.  En febrero de 1937 se le designa director del periódico matutino Castilla Libre, órgano de la C.N.T en la capital de España, que mantuvo hasta el fin de la contienda (ultimo numero de 28 de marzo). Apresado en Alicante (1-4-39), conoció los campos de concentración y la cárcel (Yeserías), fue condenado a muerte en enero de 1940, indultado en mayo de 1941 y liberado en 1944. Formó en el Comité Nacional de Amil en 1944 (secretario general). Tiró un año de cárcel en Oviedo en 1951, acusado de espionaje …

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May 222014
 

Since 2005 Mari Carmen España has been fighting to exhume the mass grave at Puebla de Cazalla in Andalusia where her grandfather’s remains lie buried under a dump. Her tireless battle with the authorities is recorded in this ‘road movie’ documentary which has been screened in Germany, Sweden and Norway. It tells how two Swedish journalists, travelling through Spain, seek to understand how Spaniards of today relate to their country’s bloody history. They find it difficult to understand how the instigator of these mass murders is honoured, daily, with a Mass in the Valley of the Fallen, while across the length and breadth of the country the remains of the countless victims of the terror he unleashed still lie in their original death pits, unrecognised, unacknowledged — their murderers having escaped justice


Mari Carmen España – The End of Silence by tystnadensslut

 

Mar 282014
 

FrancoCoverGENERAL FRANCO MADE ME A TERRORIST. The Christie File: part 2, 1964-1967 (The interesting years abroad of a West of Scotland ‘Baby-boomer’) Stuart Christie ISBN 1 873976 19 4 (Kindle edition).  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  — £2.50/€2.99/$4.00  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! UK : £2.50 ; USA : $4.00 ; Germany : €2.99 ; France :  €2.99 ; Spain:  €2.99 ; Italy:  €2.99 ; Japan: ¥ 409 ; India: R244 : Canada: CDN$ 4.49 ; Brazil: R$9.30 ; Mexico: $52.93 ; Australia: $4.40

‘This volume picks up where the last one ended, namely his leaving Britain to take part in an anarchist plan to assassinate Franco. Christie, however, was arrested by Franco’s secret police long before he completed his mission to give the explosives he smuggled into Spain to those who were planning the assassination. Christie recounts his experiences being arrested and his time in various Spanish prisons with assurance, humanity and wit. He is not afraid to talk about the failures and cock-ups, the bickering and the surreal along with the bravery and dedication. As such, it is a real treat to read, giving the human side which history books never really manage to do. His account of the characters he met and the life of political prisoners in Franco’s regime is engrossing. Flag Blackened

Jan 252014
 

ReAppropriationPDF of the first issue of REAPROPIACIÓN, a journal (in Spanish) focused on ‘The Events of May 1937′ in Barcelona (las Jornadas de Mayo de 1937 en Barcelona),

Jan 112014
 

CoverGrannywebMy Granny Made me an Anarchist: The Christie File: Part 1, 1946-1964. First published by ChristieBooks in 2002 in a limited edition of 100 copies, this fully revised, updated, unabridged eBook (Kindle edition, 2014) is published by Christie(e)Books  —  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £2.51/€3.03/$4.00  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR!

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“This fascinating personal account offers a remarkable picture of the late-20th century, seen through sensitive eyes and interpreted by a compassionate, searching soul.” Noam Chomsky

“Stuart Christie’s granny might well disagree, given the chance, but her qualities of honesty and self-respect in a hard life were part of his development from flash Glaswegian teenager — the haircut at 15 is terrific — to the 18-year old who sets off to Spain at the end of the book as part of a plan to assassinate the Spanish dictator Franco. In the meanwhile we get a vivid picture of 1950s and early 1960s Glasgow, its cinemas, coffee bars and dance halls as well as the politics of the city, a politics informed by a whole tradition of Scottish radicalism. Not just Glasgow, because Stuart was all over Scotland living with different parts of his family, and in these chapters of the book there is a lyrical tone to the writing amplified by a sense of history of each different place. When we reach the 1960s we get a flavour of that explosion of working class creativity and talent that marked the time, as well as the real fear of nuclear war and the bold tactics used against nuclear weapons bases. It is through this period of cultural shake-up that Stuart clambers through the obstructive wreckage of labour and Bolshevik politics, and finds a still extant politics of libertarian communism that better fitted the mood of those times. Now, in 2002,it is Stuart who finds himself quoted in an Earth First pamphlet as the new generation of activists for Global Justice by-pass the dead hand of Trotskyist parties and renew the libertarian tradition.” John Barker

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Nov 022013
 

IBBookCoverThe International Brigades and the Comintern in the Spanish Civil War by Stuart Christie. Published in 2013 by ChristieBooks, Hastings, East Sussex UK —  Check out all Kindle editions of ChristieBooks titles  NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE — £1.05/€1.24/$1.65  READ INSIDE!  ¡LEER EL INTERIOR!

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” … With the UK’s Foreign Recruitment Act making enlistment in a foreign army illegal, the British authorities became increasingly rigorous in their attempts to enforce non-intervention and implement the law, so Brigaders were recruited discretely through the Communist Party network by local cadres and ‘Spanish Aid Committee‘ organisers who took it on themselves to vet all volunteers, especially non-party members. Politically, around sixty per cent of the Scottish IB volunteers were paid-up CPGB members with twenty per cent or so drawn from the Labour Party, with, perhaps, a scattering of ILP, Scottish Socialist Party or Scottish Workers‘ Republican Party members. The remaining twenty per cent claimed to have no formal political allegiances. These figures were more or less the same for the whole of the British Battalion the the XVth International Brigade, although it’s impossible to say how many of the 110 Labour Party members were also — as Lewis Clive was — covert CP members. The British Battalion appears to have had at least seven ILP volunteers which to me was unusual given that the ILP line was close to that of the CNT defence committees: that the social revolution was inseparable from the war. It was for this reason that most of the 175 ILPers who fought in Spain did so with the anarcho-syndicalist militias or, like George Orwell, with the anti-Stalinist Marxist POUM. Few British workers had passports in those days so the usual practice was for the volunteers to make their way across the Channel on special weekend returns — which didn’t require passports — and then travel down to Spain with the help of the efficient and well-disciplined French Communist Party— and the French authorities mostly turning a blind eye. The first batch of foreign volunteers to arrive in Spain in the autumn of I936 were obliged to surrender their passports to the ‘Foreigners’ Bureau of the Catalan Communist Party, the PSUC, then controlled by the NKVD, Stalin‘s secret police. Later the International Brigade established its own ‘Control and Security Service’ headed by Alexander Orlov, chief of NKVD operations in Spain. Their passports were never returned and were used in covert NKVD and GRU clandestine operations. There was also an IB ‘Cadre Commission‘ set up in Albacete in February 1937 to monitor and assess the ‘trustworthiness’ of volunteers and to expose ‘fascist’ spies and ‘Trotskyist-anarchist provocateurs. A cadre report on the British Battalion, for example, listed 363 British volunteers, half of them CPers, and described forty-one them as ‘cadres’, 142 as reliable, and I33 — of whom forty were Party members — as ‘weak or bad’…”