FRANCO’S PRISONER. Anarchists against the Dictatorship by Miguel García García and annotated by José Ignacio Alvarez Fernandez ISBN 978-1-873976-52-4, ChristieBooks.
READ INSIDE! ¡LEER EL INTERIOR! Fully annotated by José Ignacio Alvarez Fernandez, Department of Foreign Languages, Emmanuel College, Boston
Miguel García García was born in Barcelona in 1908, the seventh of nine children. He became a newspaper-seller at the age of nine, and an apprentice printer at twelve; he was a lifelong member of the CNT, the anarcho-syndicalist trade union in Spain.
Miguel García García fought for nearly forty years for the freedoms we take for granted. A veteran of the Spanish Civil War, Miguel then put his experience as a printer to good use — forging documents and printing pamphlets for the Resistance.
On 21 October 1949, he was arrested, tried and sentenced to death together with eight comrades. He spent thirty-eight days in the condemned cell until his sentence was commuted to thirty years’ imprisonment. Four of his comrades were executed.
Even in Franco’s jails, he never gave up the struggle — organising and taking part in numerous escape attempts, and always stubbornly refusing to compromise with the prison authorities.
Twenty years later he was released; a man old before his time, sick and without his family, but his spirit still unbroken. His memoir, FRANCO’S PRISONER reveals a side of Spain the tourists never saw, a Spain whose prisons were still crammed with political prisoners. This book is a blistering indictment of a police state; but it is also a great human story of integrity, courage and survival.
After his release from prison on 22 March 1969, García left Spain, and continued his campaign in Britain and elsewhere in Europe working with the International Anarchist Black Cross on behalf of Franco’s political prisoners and the anarchist idea, speaking at universities, town and village halls, trade union centres and working-men’s clubs.
(* A print edition will be available in 2013)