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Diego Abad de Santillan

Diego Abad de Santillan , born Sinesio Vaudilio Garcia Fernandez, was an author, economist and leading figure in the Spanish and Argentine anarchist movements.

Born in Reyero, a mountain village in the province of Leon in northwestern Spain, on 20 May 1897, Santillan emigrated at the age of eight with his parents to Argentina. From the age of ten he was attending night school, while working during the day at a variety of jobs, in particular on the railways. He returned to Spain in 1912, studying for his baccaralaurate in Leon, before entering the University of Madrid in 1915 to read Philosophy and Literature. After the General Strike of 1917 he was imprisoned in Madrid, where he came into contact with the anarchist movement in the person of Tomas Herreros - and then, after release under amnesty in 1918, returned to Argentina, working as an activist for the anarcho-syndicalist Federacion Obrera Regional Argentina (FORA), and editing its weekly newspaper La Protesta.

In 1922 Santillan represented FORA at the formation of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workingmens Association (IWMA) in Berlin; while there he began to study Medicine, and came to know Elise Kater, who was to become his wife. The first of many works on the history and theory of anarchism were published at this time Ricardo Flores Magon: Apostle of the Mexican Social Revolution and Anarchism in the Labour Movement both appeared in 1925.

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Page on Diego Abad de Santillan at the Daily Bleeds Anarchist Encyclopedia

Diego Abad de Santillan papers

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