The Association des Amis des Combattants en Espagne Républicaine (ACER) is at the origin of this event, which is co-organized by the Universities Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, through CHS UMR 8058, and Paris Lumières, as part of a project called Les non-lus de la contestation en Péninsule Ibérique (1926-2011). The project is managed by Claire Rol-Tanguy, General Secretary of ACER, and Édouard Sill, historian. The scientific committee includes researchers Robert Coale, (hispanist, Université de Rouen-Normandie), Elodie Richard (historian, CNRS, CRH-GEI), Allison Taillot (hispanist, Université de Paris-Nanterre), Charlotte Vorms (historian, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, CHS), and Mercedes Yusta (historian, Université Paris 8 Saint Denis), as well as historian Rémi Skoutelsky, author of L’espoir guidait leurs pas, and Ramon Chicharro, an active member of ACER.
The Conference is sponsored and supported by the City of Paris, the City of Barcelona, the City of Tremblay-en France and the Cultural Commission of the Spanish Embassy in France, in partnership with over a dozen memorial associations. It is organized jointly with the following French scientific laboratories :
◼ Centre d’histoire Sociale du XXe Siècle CHS UMR 8058 (Université 1 Paris Panthéon -Sorbonne) ◼ EA4385 Laboratoire Études Romanes (Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis ) ◼ EA 369 CRIIA (Université de Paris 10 Nanterre) ◼ EA 4705 ERIAC (Université de Rouen Normandie)
- Martin Wolf : Art direction and graphics
- Luc Derosne : Website
- Edouard Sill : Project management
Parade in Paris of the French volunteers returning home (1938) Private collection.
Since 1996, the Association of the Friends of the Combatants of Republican Spain (ACER) has perpetuated the memory of the men and women of France and the former French colonies who joined the ranks of antifascist Spain between 1936 and 1939 in order to fight fascism by force of arms, science and writings, until the latter, once victorious in Spain, engulfed the democracies of Europe.
The association took over from AVER (Amicale des Volontaires en Espagne Républicaine), created in 1937. Originally intended for the veterans of the International Brigades, the association currently maintains and preserves the memory of all volunteers, irrespective of political partisanship .
It aims to promote the history of the Spanish Civil War, and more particularly that of the international volunteers whom it considers to be the precursors of the Resistance against Nazism and Fascism.
ACER finally seeks to keep alive the tremendous surge of solidarity and generosity that the Spanish war aroused around the world.
In order to promote the study and research on the Spanish Civil War, ACER has created the Henri Rol-Tanguy prize to reward the works of Master-2 students. The association has initiated a biographical directory of the French volunteers who went to Spain.
If you wish to learn more about the veterans of Spain and their late recognition by France, you can visit the web page Après l’Espagne… of the exhibition realized in 2016 by CHS, d, within the framework of the Consortium Archives des Mondes Contemporains, a consortium of TGIR Huma-Num, in 2016 under the direction of Françoise Blum and Édouard Sill.
You will find the ACER and the campaigns that the association has led to preserve the memory of all the veterans of Spain, as well as the collection of their testimonies and those of their families and descendants on the website or Facebook page of the association.