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Hommage aux Martyrs de Février.

Unpag. volume (approx. 24 pages), with brief introduction by Jean Marcenac, followed by testimonies of participating activists and photographs from the February 8th demonstration against the attacks of the OAS and for peace in Algeria, and the funeral several days later for the protesters who died. Illustrated profusely throughout. Oblong 8vo. Original illustrated stapled wrpps. Minor toning and small spot of soiling to front cover. Paris (Unions Départementales C.G.T. de Seine et Seine-et-Oise) 1962.

The OAS (Organisation armée secrète) was a short-lived right-wing French dissident paramilitary group active during the Algerian War. They carried out terrorist attacks, including bombings and assassinations, in an attempt to prevent Algerian independence. Attacks within France and French Algerian territories are estimated to have resulted in 2,000 deaths from April 1961 to April 1962. A protest was called for on February 8, 1962, to denounce these attacks. The Paris Police repressed the demonstration, and activists sought shelter in the nearby Charonne metro station. They were pursued into the station by police, who hurled heavy iron plates down the stairwells, crushing eight people to death with a ninth dying later from their wounds. The funeral demonstration, held 5 days later, drew an estimated 500,000 participants. Incredibly scarce; as of September 2018, WorldCat locates a single holding, at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Book ID: 48955

Price: $950.00