26th October 2012
First International meeting of “Radical Tour” Guides in Barcelona.
On 23rd and 24th October I had the pleasure in taking part in a meeting of tour guides from various cities throughout Europe to share our experiences concerning our tours. From London, Liverpool, Dublin, Paris, Berlin and Norway we had an enjoyable time discussing ideas for a possible future International co-operative. Next year we will meet in Berlin. Thank you to Nick Lloyd and Peter Box for organising this and especially to Sergei of the Bar Llibertaria in BCN for hosting us. Other possibilities are now arising from this meeting including a possible museum on the Spanish Civil War in Barcelona. Watch this space!
In particular, I must mention David Rosenberg, from the East End of London, who conducts a wide variety of walks in that area. The one that is of great interest to me (and hopefully to you?) is the one entitled “Anti-Fascist Footprints”, which, of course, covers, amongst other events, the Battle of Cable Street in October 1936, and which inspired many Brigaders to go to Spain. Hopefully when I am in London I will go one this walk with David, but for many people in the Uk it would be far easier to meet David than to come to Spain. But I hope that it may inspire some to actually come to Spàin to see the places that I can show!
David can be contacted on http://www.eastendwalks.com
He also has a very interesting book out on the subject, that, for a change, isn’t sold by Amazon! Just for that I think I will buy a copy! The book is available through his website and is entitled “Battle for the East End: Jewish responses to Fascism in the 1930s.”