by Reinhard Müller
“In Search of Freedom and Self Determination: A Tour Through the Anarchist Movements, in Graz, Austria, 1918-1938” is a translation of a 2018 article by historian Reinhard Müller. Graz was a major node of anarchism in Central Europe during the interwar years, and was home to notable initiatives such as a multi-city network of underground vasectomy clinics established in the face of heavily criminalization of birth control. Also discussed is the early anti-fascist resistance of Graz anarchist affinity groups during the 1930s. The city’s most famous anarchist writer, Rudolf Grossmann aka Pierre Ramus, is relatively well-known in German-speaking anarchist circles, but relatively unknown in English aside from his involvement in a massive Paterson, New Jersey 1902 strike of Silkweavers.