'THEY SHALL NOT PASS': 100 years of Fascism and Anti-Fascism


In May 1923, the British Fascisti was launched by Rotha Lintorn-Orman.

Modelled on Mussolini’s National Fascist Party, which had marched to power in Italy the previous year, the event marked the birth of British fascism.

Alive to the danger, people began to oppose fascism immediately, starting a British anti-fascist tradition that continues to this day.

This year is the 100th anniversary of these events, and an opportunity to tell the story of British fascism and anti-fascism together. Sadly, despite a century of opposition and the revelation of the Holocaust, fascism has survived in this country and continues to pose a very real danger.

This report includes profiles of the major fascist individuals and groups, and those who most successfully opposed them, over the past century. It tells stories
of dangerous times, heart-breaking loss, fear, hatred and violence.

Yet it also celebrates remarkable acts of resistance, bravery, sacrifice and progress.
The 100-year anniversary is, above all, an opportunity to celebrate the tireless and brave work of so many who stood up and said: “No Pasaran!”

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