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New publication: "Free Society : A German exile in revolutionary Spain" by Werner Droescher

category iberia | history of anarchism | review author Wednesday February 01, 2012 17:55author by Kate Sharpley Library - KSL Report this post to the editors

New publication from the Kate Sharpley Library

Werner Droescher was an exile from Nazi Germany who in 1936 found himself pitched into the dramatic social reconstruction of the Spanish Revolution. Droescher, with his companion Greville Teixidor, joined the revolutionary militias on the Aragon front. Later they carried out solidarity work for the Spanish anarchists from London, before returning to Spain to work with refugee children. This extract from his autobiography, Odyssey of a teacher, gives a first hand account of the anarchist attempt to build a free society. The introduction by Farrell Cleary shows the impact of this experience, and Droescher’s influence on the Anarchist movement in New Zealand where he first settled in 1940.


Werner Droescher, “The Spanish Civil War and the Anarchists”
Werner Droescher, “The Aragon Front”
Anonymous “Spanish Anarchists Made Ideas Work”

Published by the Kate Sharpley Library in conjunction with the Aotearoa Workers’ Solidarity Movement.
ISBN 9781873605066, Anarchist library #23.
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Also, the January 2012 issue of KSL: Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library is now online.


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Interview with Alan MacSimóin of the Irish Anarchist History Archive

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