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(en) US, Anarchist Atlanta #4 - Remembering Spain, Remembering Heroes.

Date Thu, 23 Nov 2006 12:38:44 +0200

This year's Veterans Day seemed to be like any other veterans day. As a veteran
I am used to being bombarded with flag waving WWII clips that stream across our
TV sets, giving only reactionary glory to instill patriotic emotion that seems
to validate the decisions of our leaders who have never even served in combat. Would this year be any different?
Fortunately this year was special, this year at the newly organized Madratz info
shop; you could hear the stories and voice of a true freedom fighter, Spanish
Civil war veteran, George Sessenko.
George Sossenko, currently of Atlanta, Georgia, volunteered in the international
brigade of the Spanish republic at the age of 16 in 1936. Along with an
introduction from Mr. Sessenko which gave his assessment of current
events, a movie "Land and Freedom" was presented. Af-
ter the film George gave a touching description of his
experiences in the War, "we went their wanting nothing
in return, we went with our hearts and our ideals and
gained Spain" George spoke, "to this day the people of
Spain thank us for our contribution and sacrifice, all we
can say is no we thank you the people and we thank
After WWI Many European countries were devastated
and much of the working class was in complete despo-
tisms. In Spain the King and the church owned 70%
of all the land, many people were left to work in the
factories with inhuman working conditions. During this
time no employment/labor laws, healthcare and or set
wages existed. After a few failed attempts, in 1931 a
democratic election took place by the people to set up a
democratic republic. Soon after the election the newly
formed government put into place radical legislation re-
form that favored the peasants and anarcho-syndicalist
trade unions. This set off the secession of Franco and
the Spanish army, funded by the church and king, thus
setting off a civil war which began in 1936 and lasted
to `39.

George Sossenko came from France to join in Interna-
tional Brigades, later to join the Durruti Column (CNT),
Along with the International Brigades the anarcho-syn-
dicalist trade union Conferacion Nacional del Trabajo
(CNT) drew on working men and woman to fight setting
up a armed front. Some other fronts that represented
the seats in the Spanish parliament and trade unions
were the AFI (joined with CNT) Poum (Workers Party)
UGT (Marxist Trade Union) along with military aid from
Mexico and Russia.
Many brave men and woman, like Mr. Sossenko came
to the aid of the Spanish to fight for a free democratic
Spain. With very little or no military training these men
and woman fought valiantly and to the surprise of Hitler
and Franco won many battles and were seemingly win-
ning the war. "Many of us were only given five bullets
and a quick lesson on how to shoot for our training" said
Mr. Sessenko of the training they received.
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