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Vol. 5 - No. 2
Fall, 2001

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Letter to the IAS:

In the conversation with Rebecca DeWitt, (Perspectives, Spring 2001, Interview with Diva Agostinelli Wieck), I inadvertently proved my point about the unreliability with oral history. In talking about the person who made disparaging remarks about the old Why? people, I let anger overcome good sense. My remarks are obviously speculation and I should have said so. I do not know why, nor do I have any hard facts therefore I should not have said what I did.* Yet I do speculate as to why a person would say untrue things and mean spirited things about his former comrades. I also will say that my ‘negative” attitude towards history is not meant to disparage the really good work done by Avrich and others - only that we add the proverbial bit of salt.

~ Diva Agostinelli Wieck

* [Note: Diva said that an old comrade, quoted in Paul Avrich’s Anarchist Voices, was indirectly attempting to justify the fact that he liked serving in the US army by claiming that the Why? Group was not supportive of those who enlisted in the army or did not avoid the draft during WWII.] 

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory - Vol. 5, No. 2 - Fall 2001