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Wilebaldo Solano, dernier dirigeant du P.O.U.M., est mort hier à Barcelone à l’âge de 94 ans.

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We salute thee beloved comrade!

Who the POUM were here. (Wikipedia)

The POUM or Partido Obrero Unificación Marxista (Catalan: Partit Obrer d’Unificació Marxista; English: Workers’ Party of Marxist Unification) was a Spanish communist political party formed during the Second Republic and mainly active around the Spanish Civil War. It was formed by the fusion of the Trotskyist Communist Left of Spain (Izquierda Comunista de España, ICE) and the Workers and Peasants’ Bloc (BOC, affiliated with the Right Opposition) against the will of Leon Trotsky, with whom the former broke. The writer George Orwell served with the party and witnessed the Stalinist repression of the movement, which would form his anti-totalitarian ideas in later life.[1]

Wilebaldo Solano est mort.  Wilebaldo Solano, dernier dirigeant du P.O.U.M., est mort hier à Barcelone à l’âge de 94 ans. Secrétaire général de la Jeunesses communiste ibérique en 1936, incarcéré en 1938 avec les autres dirigeants du POUM, Wilebaldo s’était réfugié en France en 1939, y avait été emprisonné par Vichy, avait gagné le maquis, fut élu secrétaire général du POUM en 1947. Il avait travaillé à l’agence France Presse à partir de 1953. La traduction française de son livre Le POUM: Révolution dans la guerre d’Espagne (2002) a fait date et restera un incontournable des bibliothèques militantes.

Wilebaldo Solano has died in Barcelona at the age of 94. He was the last leader of the POUM. After escaping Franco’s Spain he was imprisoned by the Vickey regime. He escaped again and fought in the resistance. He was elected to the POUM General Secretary post in 1947. Worked for France Presse from 1953. His book Le POUM: Révolution dans la guerre d’Espagne (2002) is indispensable.

From the excellent site La Bataille socialiste here.

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 8, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Posted in Anti-Fascism, European Left

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  1. Thanks for this, I agree the web site you mention is fine, a fine piece about the POUM here

    http://bataillesocialiste.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/the-poums-seven-decades/#comment-10090

    Mick Hall

    September 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm


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