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Berry, David. "French Anarchist Volunteers in Spain, 1936-39: Contribution to a Collective Biography of the French Anarchist Movement" - Appendix 3 -
Article published on 12 April 2005

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Fifteen [1] of the French members of the International Group of the Durruti Column killed during the nationalist offensive at Perdiguera, 17 October 1936

Badard/Baudard, Roger

No further information.

Baudard/Baudart, Juliette

No further information.

Berard, Mario

No further information.

Berge/Bergé, Raymond

Berge/Bergé had left for Spain in September.

Berthomieu/Berthonnieux

Berthomieu, ̵general delegate’ of the International Group since its creation, had been a captain of artillery during the Great War, and had been living in Barcelona for some time.

Boudoux

Boudoux died alongside several other members of the St.-Denis anarchist group of whom we know nothing.

Charrang[eau?], Georges

No further information. Is this Chaffaugeon of the Jeunesses Communistes of Lyon, who was also a member of the International Group and who died in the same battle? [2]

Delalain, Jean

No further information.

Delaruelle, Henri

Actually a member of the ‘Italian Column’, according to one document, wheras he died at Perdiguera according to another.

Galissot, René

No further information.

Giral/Giralt, Jean

Giral/Giralt was a member of the International Group of the Durruti Column from very early on. He was involved in the taking of Siétamo and was hospitalized in Barcelona.

His death at Perdiguera was reported in le Combat syndicaliste, which suggests he may have been a member of the CGTSR. According to Ridel, Giralt was a member of the Paris JEUNES, and “fell as he was taking position at the head of his group”. [3]

Kokoczinski, Georgette

‘Georgette’, as she was referred to, was captured and executed by the Francoists. She was a nurse with the Durruti Column, but also took part in attacks behind nationalist lines with the ‘Sons of the Night’ (Hijos de la Noche).[Abel Paz, Durruti. The People Armed (New York: Black Rose Books, 1977), p.276-77. According to Paz, Emile Cottin - the French anarchist famous for his attempted assassination of Clemenceau - also died at Perdiguera. A machine -gunner with the Durruti Column International Group, he in fact he died during a successful counter-attack at Farlete on 8 September 1936. See Berry 1989, p.447.]] According to Paz she was a “sort of mascot of the column”. She had been well-known to those involved with le Libertaire, l’Insurgé, l’en dehors and especially la Revue anarchiste, and had performed at anarchist ‘galas’ under the name of Mimosa.

R????s[?], Yves [?]

Name barely legibile. No further information.

Trontin, Jean

Trontin was a supporter of Pivert’s Gauche révolutionnaire and a member of the Section socialiste of Oyonnax (Ain), though he lived in Colombes (Seine) and was sometimes active in Lyon. [4]

Vitrac, Yves

No further information.

Notes :

[1About 170 members of the International Group died at Perdiguera. It is not known how many of the other 155 or so were French.

[2About 170 members of the International Group died at Perdiguera. It is not known how many of the other 155 or so were French.

[3Charles Ridel, ‘A ceux qui sont tombés’ in le Libertaire (23 October 1936).

[4Dict. Biog. Mouv. Ouvrier Français; Charles Ridel, ‘A ceux qui sont tombés’ in le Libertaire (23 October 1936).


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