A Dozen Portraits of Emma Goldman


Emma Goldman In September 1895 a "very dangerous anarchist woman from New York" was searched by the Amsterdam police.
This woman was Emma Goldman (1869-1940), anarchist, advocate of women's and workers' rights as well as sexual freedom. Accused of terrorist acts, she was more than once arrested and detained. In 1919, she was deported to Soviet Russia. There she became a fierce adversary of bolshevism.

Between the two World Wars Goldman travelled across Europe. She was hailed by the Spanish anarchist movement CNT/FAI during the Civil War.
On her way back from Barcelona she once again visited Amsterdam, this time to deposit her archive and the papers of Alexander Berkman, her great love, at the IISH. She arrived on 22 December 1938 and spent several weeks at the Institute to get this "extremely difficult and hellishly painful job" of arranging the archive done. Yet she was glad that the Berkman and Goldman papers now belonged to "the most perfect collection, dating over a hundred years, of Anarchist writing in every language of the world...."

A selection of twelve portraits of Emma Goldman, originating from the Goldman archive as well as other anarchist collections at the IISH, can be viewed.

More about Goldman:
Emma Goldman Papers (IISH)
FBI file on E. Goldman and A. Berkman (IISH)
The Emma Goldman Papers Project (Berkeley)
Emma Goldman - American Experience
Emma Goldman - Jewish Women's Archive

Margreet Schrevel