THE FALSE BARON VON KÖNIG. A dossier by Raymond Batkin eBook £1.50/€2.00 (see eBookshelf)

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The so-called ‘Baron von König’ has been of interest to historians of the Spanish anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist movements since 1918, mainly because of his relationship with Superintendent Manuel Bravo Portillo, head of Barcelona’s Special Services Brigade (the then Brigada Politico-Social); that and the fact that on the latter’s death at the hands of a CNT (the anarcho-syndicalist labour union) defence group in September 1919, von König, a French secret service agent, took over as head of the pistoleros, the anti-union death squads funded by the Patronal, the Catalan employers’ confederation. Von König’s role as the killers’ gangmaster was explored in some detail in the three-volume work ‘¡Pistoleros! — The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg’, but little was known about his activities pre- and post-Spain 1914-1920. Raymond Batkin has prepared the following dossier on ‘von König’s’ background following the publication of French author Éric Maillard’s biography (in French), Rudolf Stallmann alias Baron von König – Rodolfe Lemoine alias Rex; it is the first book based on the life of Rudolf Stallmann (his birth name) from his early years in Berlin through to his death in a French military prison in 1946.

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EL PISTOLERISMO EN BARCELONA. Los Archivos del Terrorismo Blanco. El Fichero Lasarte. 1910-1930 por Pere Foix. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

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Mucho ante de 1909-1910 se habían sembrado, en los ambientes de las autoridades políticas y militares de Barcelona, las semillas de una acción violenta, de exterminio contra los anarquistas v sindicalistas, semillas que florecieron con todo vigor en los años de 1919 a 1923 dejando un incontable tendal de asesinatos, hechos salvajes que tampoco cedieron después.

Cuando se proclamó la segunda República en 1931, fueron descubiertos los ficheros secretos de Lasarte, y Pere Foix, antiguo militante obrero, buen conocedor de las tragedias proletarias catalanas, se dedicó a recoger algunos de los documentos de esos ficheros y reprodujo en el diario L’Opiniò de Barcelona los documentos que formaron luego el libro Los archivos del terrorismo blanco, que vio la luz en 1931, con una segunda edición en 1932. Desde entonces esas páginas habían quedado semiolvidadas hasta que vuelven a la luz en esta edición. El período trágico de 1910 a 1930 tiene en estas páginas una valiosa documentación, que resultará de alto interés para los historiadores y para los estudiosos.

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¡PISTOLEROS! The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg – All three volumes now available eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf) Check out the McHarg Photo Albums (below)

Farquhar McHarg, Belleville, Paris, 1976
¡Pistoleros! 1 – 1918
¡Pistoleros! 2 – 1919

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Farquhar’s Chronicles (Vols. 1 ; 2 ; 3 )are folk history, bringing the changes that shook the political and social landscape of Spain (and the world) between 1918 and 1977 into the framework of a contemporary adult lifetime. They make a vexatious but fascinating story that explains the spirit and Idea that moved the selfless, generous, occasionally naïve and recklessly idealistic people involved in the bitter social struggles that marked the hectic insurrectionary and utopian aftermath of the great imperialist war of 1914-18.

This third volume of Farquhar McHarg’s journal focuses on the remarkable adventures of the Glaswegian anarchist during the period 1920-24 as a member of the anarchist action groups: Los Justicieros (‘the Avengers’); Crisol (‘Crucible’); Los Solidarios (‘Solidarity’), and the armed clandestine defence cadres of the CNT, the anarcho-syndicalist labour union. Their militants faced extermination from the calculated violence of the security services of a vicious semi-feudal state, and the mercenary killers employed by landed grandees and an equally savage industrial and commercial bourgeoisie.

Pistoleros! 2 – 1920-1924 (to 1977)

Farquhar’s Chronicles also tell a parallel narrative of plot and counterplot, ranging from 1936 to 1976, exploring the background to the murder of Farquhar’s comrade, the notorious anarchist counterfeiter and facilitator Laureano Cerrada Santos, and the subsequent attempts to kill the seventy-six-year-old Farquhar himself. It is a compelling and dramatic tale of the Govan man’s attempt to ferret out the identity of a long-term traitor within the Spanish émigré anarcho-syndicalist organisation, the CNT-MLE (Spanish Libertarian Movement), a confidente known only as ‘The Priest’.

Farquhar McHarg 1925

This story unfolds against the backdrop of machinations by Spanish and other Western spymasters obsessed with the idea that post-Franco Spain might go ‘Red’. To pre-empt this eventuality they deployed deep-penetration agents of influence, traitors at the highest level of the Spanish émigré anarcho-syndicalist movement. By inducing fear and paranoia through acts of treachery, their objective was to demoralise, disrupt and neutralise the effectiveness of that small band of anarchist militants who had fought relentlessly to topple the old regime by aggressive action and who might thwart their plans for a post-Francoist Spain.

Farquhar McHarg 1959
Farquhar McHarg 1976

These puppetmasters also sought to extend and consolidate their proxy control over the influential anarcho-syndicalist organisation inside and outside of Spain during the ‘disease-prone’ transition period to democracy’ (communism being defined as a ‘disease of transition’). It was the height of the Cold War and, with Spain’s dictator dead, the West’s geopolitical agenda-setters needed to ensure NATO hegemony over the Mediterranean, and the continuity of the Francoist agenda (and elite) at a time when they believed Spanish society would be particularly susceptible to a social breakdown as it underwent modernisation.

PHOTO ALBUMS Vol. 1: 1918 a ; 1918 b ; 1918 c

PHOTO ALBUMS Vol. 2: 1919 a ; 1919 b

PHOTO ALBUMS Vol. 3: 1920-24 a ; 1920-24 b ; 1920-24 c

 

¡PISTOLEROS! The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg 3:1920-24

Les Cròniques d’en Farquhar McHarg Pistolers! 3: 1920-1924

Las Crónicas de Farquhar McHarg ¡Pistoleros! 3: 1920-1924

Pistoleros! 3: 1920-24 (Jacket design by Pierre Ellis)

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Farquhar’s Chronicles are folk history (CatalanISSUU and PDF; SpanishISSUU and PDF), bringing the changes that shook the political and social landscape of Spain (and the world) between 1918 and 1977 into the framework of a contemporary adult lifetime. They make a vexatious but fascinating story that explains the spirit and Idea that moved the selfless, generous, occasionally naïve and recklessly idealistic people involved in the bitter social struggles that marked the hectic insurrectionary and utopian aftermath of the great imperialist war of 1914-18.

This third volume of Farquhar McHarg’s journal focuses on the remarkable adventures of the Glaswegian anarchist during the period 1920-24 as a member of the anarchist action groups: Los Justicieros (‘the Avengers’); Crisol (‘Crucible’); Los Solidarios (‘Solidarity’), and the armed clandestine defence cadres of the CNT, the anarcho-syndicalist labour union. Their militants faced extermination from the calculated violence of the security services of a vicious semi-feudal state, and the mercenary killers employed by landed grandees and an equally savage industrial and commercial bourgeoisie.

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