Egon Kisch


The communist journalist and orator Egon Kisch, seen here in characteristic pose of defiance with a red floral tribute, who visited Australia in 1934 to warn of the evils of fascism on behalf of the international Movement Against War & Fascism.

The censorious measures taken by the filofascist Commonwealth Attorney General Robert Menzies to prevent Kisch from speaking out publicly and participating in a conference backfired, adding to the visitor's fame. Kisch published a memoir of his antipodean experiences, `Australian Landfall', and another book about his adventures, `On the Pacific Front' was also published.

The Movement declined as it became clearer that military means were necessary to combat fascism.

Photo from Waten `Australia After the Camera: The Depression Years 1929-39'

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