Harry Pollitt
(1890-1960)

Died aged c. 70

Harry Pollitt (1890 –1960) was a leading British communist, trade unionist, and anti-colonial revolutionary, most famous for serving as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). Pollitt spent most of his life advocating communism, and was particularly inspired by the political beliefs of both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Pollitt used his connections with the Soviet Union to create the British Battalion of the International Brigades, and helped recruit the majority of the approximately 2,500 British volunteers who fought for the Spanish republic against nationalist forces backed by Hitler and Mussolini. Pollitt was a life-long opponent of both fascism and British colonialism, using his position as a communist leader to organise CPGB activists to secretly smuggle funding to both communist resistance in Nazi Germany and Indian communists resisting British colonialism.

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Harry Pollitt 1890-1960 Former General Secretary and Chairman of the British Communist Party. Born in Droylsden.

Library, Droylsden, United Kingdom where they was born near (1890)