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Jorge Semprún's Lasting Experience of Communism

in French Politics, Culture & Society
Donald Reid History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill dreid1@email.unc.edu

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Do militants expelled from the Communist Party ever leave it behind? Jorge Semprún was a Communist resister captured and sent to Buchenwald, where he worked in the sui generis Communist organization there. He spent almost two decades in the party, half of those years organizing the Communist underground in Franco's Spain. Expelled in 1964, he became an anti-Communist who held on to what he valued as a Communist at Buchenwald and in the underground. In the decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Semprún came to see in what he had learned at Buchenwald a harbinger of the European project he was making his own.

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Donald Reid is the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Germaine Tillion, Lucie Aubrac, and the Politics of Memories of the French Resistance (2008) and Opening the Gates: The Lip Affair, 1968–1981 (2018). Email: dreid1@email.unc.edu

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