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Pietro Ferrua (1930-2021)

by Marianne Enckell, CIRA Lausanne, August 2021, Translated by Paul Sharkey

This founding father of the CIRA died in Portland, Oregon, USA on 28 July 2021.

He was born in San Remo on 18 September 1930 to a housewife mother and a father who worked as a casino croupier. Whilst in his youth, he served in the Resistance as a runner. Come the Liberation, he and two comrades launched the ‘Alba dei Liberi’ anarchist group in San Remo. All three refused to perform their military service. Jailed in 1950 as a conscientious objector, Ferrua then went partly to ground, helping to organize international libertarian camp-outs, editing the review Senza limiti (1952-1954, 5 issues) and working on the sites of the International Civilian Service.

Why Amsterdam is home to a trove of anarchist archives

add foucault to the library, you idiots!

From El País by Isabel Ferrer

Why Amsterdam is home to a trove of archives on Spanish anarchism and the anti-Franco resistance

The International Institute of Social History is home to historical documents from the CNT labor union and Iberian Anarchist Federation, including the order that sent Buenaventura Durruti to Madrid

Ⓐnarchy in the Ⓐrchive!

Ⓐnarchy in the Ⓐrchive!

From Sagan Thacker dot blogspot

A Review, Study, and Some Ideas for the Future of Anarchist Archives

Hi there peoples. So this is a thing that I originally wrote for my grad school class because I'm interested in the subject & because I thought it might be useful/interesting to some people. It's far from perfect, obviously, but I hope you enjoy it anyway! If you don't have access to any of the things I cite (there are some that aren't open access), please feel free to email me & I'd be happy to send you a PDF or whatever! Also, if you have any questions/concerns/rants/etc., feel free to reach out as well. My email is sagan [at] ashevillefm [dot] org. OK, here goes!

Stuart Christie, 1946-2020

From Kate Sharpley Library

By John Patten

Stuart Christie 1946-2020 Anarchist activist, writer and publisher

Born in Glasgow and brought up in Blantyre, Christie credited his grandmother for shaping his political outlook. His determination to follow his conscience led him to anarchism. It also led him from the campaign against nuclear weapons to joining the struggle against the Spanish fascist dictator Francisco Franco. Committed to anarchism and publishing, Christie appeared at many bookfairs and film festivals, but scorned any suggestion he had come to ‘lead’ anyone anywhere. Christie’s partner Brenda died in June 2019. He slipped away peacefully, listening to “Pennies From Heaven” (Brenda’s favourite song) in the company of his daughter Branwen.

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