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Abel Paz

Diego Camacho
Abel Paz, 08-12-2007
Born (1921-08-12)August 12, 1921
Almería, Andalusia, Spain
Died April 13, 2009(2009-04-13) (aged 87)
Barcelona, Spain
Other names Abel Paz
Occupation Anarchist, Writer, Historian
Known for Prominence as a spanish anarchist and anti-fascist
Abel Paz at his house in Barcelona on 2006.

Abel Paz (August 12, 1921 – April 13, 2009) was a Spanish anarchist, former combatant and historian.

Abel Paz was the pen name of Diego Camacho. He was born in Almería in 1921, and moved with his family to Barcelona in 1929. In 1935 he started work in the textile industry and joined the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT).

During the Spanish Civil War and Spanish revolution he fought in the Barcelona May Events of 1937.

After the fall of Catalonia in January 1939, he went into exile in France, where he was interned. During the 1940s he fought both in the French resistance to Hitler and the Spanish Anarchist resistance to Franco.

He was the author of numerous works on anarchist history, the most important being his biography of Buenaventura Durruti which has appeared in several editions, and numerous languages.


  • La Barcelona Rebelde: Guía De Una Ciudad Silenciada Octaedro, 2003. ISBN 978-84-8063-628-5
  • Durruti en la Revolución Española. Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo, 1996.
  • Durruti in the Spanish Revolution. AK Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1-904859-50-5. Translated by Chuck W. Morse.
  • Durruti: the people armed. Black Rose, 1976. ISBN 978-0-919618-74-9 (pbk.) ISBN 978-0-919618-73-2 (hbk.)
  • The Spanish civil war. Hazan, 1997. ISBN 978-2-85025-532-8
  • The Story of the Iron Column: Militant Anarchism in the Spanish Civil War. AK Press and Kate Sharpley Library, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84935-064-8. Translated by Paul Sharkey.

External links

  • Remembering Diego Camacho AKA Abel Paz by Claudio Venza
  • Abel Paz, Anarchist and Historian by Agustín Guillamón

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