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Berry, David. "French Anarchist Volunteers in Spain, 1936-39: Contribution to a Collective Biography of the French Anarchist Movement" - Appendix 5 -
Article published on 12 April 2005
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Bernard A CNT report accuses Bernard of having written a “fantastical, poetic report” about Augustin Souchy’s activities in Germany on the basis of material given him by the DAS. The report also claims that Bernard, along with Marchal, was asked by the CNT Propaganda Bureaux to do a tour of French volunteers in the International Brigades, and that they refused on the grounds they had things to do in France.

Is this the same Bernard who was a leader of the Fédération libertaire of Béziers (Hérault) in 1926?
Chatris Joint treasurer with Pantais, at least as early as December 1936 and until March 1937
Chauvet, Etienne Elected Section representative at the Spartacus Barracks in March 1937. Also a member of the Durruti Column
Chéron, Georges Chéron was a member of the Section in March 1937. According to one source, Chéron was a militiaman and also worked in the armaments industries; at first a supporter of the POUM, he later moved to the CNT. According to the DBMOF, he was in the PC until 1934, then in the trotskyist PCI and POI; he fought with a POUM unit. He also fought on the barricades in May 1937
Danjean, Henri No further information.
Danon, Félix Elected librarian/archivist in March 1937.
Defèche, Emile Defèche was a member of the French Section and of the CNT. He was also a combatant - with the IG of the Durruti Column according to one source, the Hilario Zamora Column according to another.
Dessaigne In January 1937, Dessaigne was delegated by the Section, along with Danjean, Fortin and Schlauder, to approach the Regional Committee of the CNT about the lack of financial support.
Dupoux, Jean Delegate in Barcelona of the Fédération anarchiste française.
Fortin, Fernand Fortin was propaganda delegate of the Section until he was expelled in April 1937 after a political dispute (see Berry 1989). He was a member of both the CNT and the FAI (he was the representative of the ‘Mimosa’ FAI group), and worked for the CNT-FAI propaganda section. He was allowed regular visits to the Carcel Modelo as official representative of the French anarchist prisoners. According to the DBMOF, he was also a combatant.
François, Roger Section representative at the Spartacus Barracks until February 1937, when he resigned. [See appendix 6]
Henry/ Henri Henry/Henri was a member of the Commission administrative of the FAF. He was a member of the Section in January 1937.
Lobel, Alfred This 57 year-old, Parisian métallo was a delegate to the Union départementale CGTSR of Isère. Lobel fought with the anarchist militias on the Saragossa front and was a vigorous opponent of ‘militarisation’. He was elected assistant secretary of the French Section in March 1937, but by December he was back in Grenoble.

In a report to the CNT, Lobel was accused of having worked with the French secret police” and of having published a damaging article in the “police press”.
Marchal, Charles Fernand A member of the FAF, Marchal did propaganda work on the Madrid front, according to the Seccion Francesa de Propaganda CNT-FAI. According to a report to the CNT, he was asked by the CNT Propaganda Bureaux, along with Bernard, to do a tour of French volunteers in the International Brigades, and they refused, claiming they had things to do in France.
Mirande, Alexandre Mirande was elected the CGTSR’s representative in Spain by the Conseil confédéral national of 23 October 1936; the AIT Paris Plenum, 15-17 November 1936 elected him its representative with the CNT. He attended French Section meetings in November 1936.
Mouret/ Muret/ Meuret, Raymond Also a member of the Durruti Column, Mouret fought at Farlete. He would be elected to the secretariat of ARME at its constituent assembly in Paris in April 1938.
Odette Odette was a member of the Section in January 1937.
Pantais, Roger [1] A 22 year-old self-employed car mechanic, Roger Pantais arrived in Spain in August 1936 and left in May 1937. He was joint treasurer of the French Section with Chatris, at least as early as December 1936 and until March 1937. He also attended meetings of the Comité anarchiste international. He was at Durruti’s funeral, and in Barcelona in May 1937: “Pour nous Français la situation devient difficile”. He returned to Puigcerdá (after the death of Antonio Martin), where he took part in patrols with Italian comrades before returning to France.
Philippe Having served as a militiaman on the Aragon front, Philippe took part in the French Section tour of the front at the end of 1936. He visited Danon and other French prisoners in the Carcel Modelo in summer 1937.
Prince, René Prince - pseudonym of Georges Marcel Desbois - was a representative of the FAF in Barcelona.
René René was the Section’s driver. He also used to visit the French prisoners in the Carcel Modelo.
Schlauder, Marcel Schlauder was secretary of the French Section by December 1936 at the latest, and was re-elected in March 1937. According to a report to the CNT, Schlauder and others wanted the Section to take part in security operations, but they were refused by Escorza (the Spanish comrade responsible) because of their ̶past behaviour”.

Is this the same Schlauder who in 1934 was one of the secretaries of the CGTSR groupe intercorporatif of Marseille?
Schwab, Julien Schwab was referred to in a report to the CNT as being a member of the Section; he was also criticized for the damage he had allegedly done to the propaganda effort. He was arrested in May 1937.
Styr-Nhair A member of the Section from at least February 1937, Styr-Nhair was elected treasurer in March 1937. He also worked as a propagandist for the CNT-FAI until April or May 1938.
Notes :

[1According to Pantais, the Section française had about 50 members


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