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Julia Bertrand

Teacher, militant anarchist, feminist & free thinker.
Born on February 14, 1877 in the Vosges; died 25 March 1960.

Julia Bertrand was a delegate to the International Congress of Free Thinkers, held in Paris, 3 to September 7, 1905. She collaborated in the feminist newspaper "La femme affranchie," then with the anarchist newspaper "La vrille," published with Epinal, the Loquier anarchist.

Registered in the "Carnet B" (police files kept on anti-militarists), Bertrand was arrested August 21, 1914 & sent to a prison camp. Following a protest campaign, she was released on February 18, 1915, but her teaching license was revoked.

Bertrand joined Sebastien Faure's colony, "La ruche," until it closed in November 1917.

Her right to teach was not reinstated until 1925. During this period Bertrand also contributed to anarchist publications, including "L'en dehors," "l'idée libre," "le libertaire," & was an activist against vivisection & with the "League of Anti-Catholic Action."

In 1944, her house in the Parisian section of Noisy-le-sec was destroyed by allied bombardments.

Source: Ephéméride anarchiste

Page created March 1999; updated March 2003

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