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Spanish Civil War veteran to speak in Montreal

category north america / mexico | history of anarchism | press release author Wednesday May 17, 2006 04:08author by Rebelworker - NEFACauthor email dave at nefac dot net Report this post to the editors

Comemorate the 70th Aniversary of the Spanish civil war with Anti Facist International Brigade Vet

In 1936 tens of thousands of volunteers from around the world illegally made their way to Spain to help in the first battle against the spreading tide of Facism in Europe. French national George Sossenko, driven by his antifascist politics, made this incredible sacrifice at only the age of sixteen. Once in Spain he was a member of the Legendary Durutti Colum and was introduced to the politcs of Anarchism. Fisrt hand he saw the incredible revolutionary movement of the Spanish workers and peasants and would be changed by what he saw for the rest of his life.

In 1936 tens of thousands of volunteers from around the world illegally made their way to Spain to help in the first battle against the spreading tide of Facism in Europe. French national George Sossenko, driven by his antifascist politics, made this incredible sacrifice at only the age of sixteen. Once in Spain he was a member of the Legendary Durutti Colum and was introduced to the politcs of Anarchism. Fisrt hand he saw the incredible revolutionary movement of the Spanish workers and peasants and would be changed by what he saw for the rest of his life.

At the end of the war, George and his family fled to Argentina. In 1942 he joined the free French forces to continue the fight against fascism. Sent to north Africa he was posted with British forces before being transferred to the American army to fight in Italy and eventually his former home in France. Returning to Argentina after the war, his idealistic politics landed him in trouble with the Perone Dictatorship causing him to flee to Brazil.

Throughout the rest of his life George continued to work for the cause of freedom, doing support work for popular movements of Guatemala and Nicaragua..

Now 87 years old George has come to Montreal on the 70th anniversary of the Spanish civil war to speak of his incredible life and the anarchist convictions that drove him onward.

Speaking Engagements:
Thursday May 18th, 1710 Beaudry, 7pm.
Sunday May 21st, 2515 Deslisle , 10am

For interviews and information call (514)297-1709 starting Wen. May 17th.

Organized as part of the festival of Anarchy by the Montreal Local Union of NEFAC
http://nefac.net
http://anarchistbookfair.taktic.org/

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