Skip to comments.Homage to Orwell
Posted on 05/12/2013 8:53:59 AM PDT by dirtboy
George Orwell could have been killed twice in the Spanish Civil War. Once when he was shot in the throat by General Francos fascist forces; then when he was hunted by official Communist agents who, with the backing of Stalins Soviet Union, stabbed the revolution in the back and imprisoned, tortured and killed leading leftists and anarchists who were ostensibly on the same Republican side. Orwell learned the hardest way that the war against fascism in Spain was also a civil war against Stalinism.
Homage to Catalonia, Orwells famous account of his time in Spain from his arrival in Barcelona on Boxing Day 1936 to his escape in June 1937, has just reached its seventy-fifth anniversary. Like its author, the book almost didnt make it either. The radical journalist and authors usual publisher, Victor Gollancz, turned the book down without even seeing the manuscript, insisting that he would not publish anything which could harm the fight against fascism by criticising the Communists.
Most of those from Britain and Europe who went to write about and fight in the Spanish Civil War took a similarly one-eyed view and followed the pro-Soviet line. What was unique about Orwell was that he hated fascism, but also stood apart from the official Stalinist-dominated left of his time. The radical maverick wrote about what he saw in Spain, rather than simply what he was told was true although he also warned his readers to beware my partisanship when seeking an objective account. He questioned the official Stalinist-dictated account of events in Barcelona and elsewhere that was accepted around the world. This heresy made him the subject of a hate campaign when Homage to Catalonia was finally published in 1938, a campaign which continued well into the 1980s.
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The liberal playbook never changes.
On one side, was Stalin supporting the Republicans against fascist Franco. On the other side, was Hitler supporting the fascists against Stalin and the Republicans. To his credit, Hitler helped saved Spain from Stalinism. To his credit, Franco later refused to support Hitler in WWII.