Émile Henry

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(1872 - 1894)

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About Émile Henry

Émile Henry (26 September 1872 in Barcelona – 21 May 1894 in Paris, France) was a French anarchist, who on 12 February 1894 detonated a bomb at the Café Terminus in the Parisian Gare Saint-Lazare killing one person and wounding twenty.

Though his activity in the anarchist movement was limited, he garnered much attention as a result of his crimes and of his age. He was also seen as one of the first people of a growing group of revolutionaries (largely anarchist) who subscribed to the doctrine of the "propaganda of the deed", which would later take the life of many governmental figures.

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On February 12 you entered the Café Terminus. Yes, at eight o’clock. Your bomb was in your pants belt. No, in my overcoat pocket. Why did you go to the Cafe Terminus? I had first gone to Bignon, the Café de la Paix and the Americain but there weren’t enough people. So I went to the Terminus and I waited. There was an orchestra. How long did you wait? An hour. Why? So that there would be a bigger crowd. And then? You know full well. I’m asking you. I threw away my cigar! I lit the fuse and then taking the bomb in my hand I left and, as I was leaving the caf&eac (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
During the visit you made to my cell Sunday, the 18th of this month, we had a quite friendly discussion of anarchist ideas. You said you were very surprised to learn our theories in a different light, and you asked me to summarize our conversation in writing, in order to better know what the anarchists want. You can easily understand, monsieur, that in just a few pages one can’t expound upon a theory which analyzes our current social life in all of its manifestations; that studies these manifestations the way a doctor examines a sick body, and which then condemns them because they’re contrary to human happiness and, in place of them, builds an entirely new life, based on principles completely antagonistic to those ... (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)
It is not a defense that I present to you. I am not in any way seeking to escape the reprisals of the society I have attacked. Besides, I acknowledge only one tribunal — myself, and the verdict of any other is meaningless to me. I wish merely to give you an explanation of my acts and to tell you how I was led to perform them. I have been an anarchist for only a short time. It was as recently as the middle of the year 1891 that I entered the revolutionary movement. Up to that time, I had lived in circles entirely imbued with current morality. I had been accustomed to respect and even to love the principles of fatherland and family, of authority and property. For teachers in the present generation too often forget one thin... (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

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August 26, 1872 :
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May 21, 1894 :
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April 20, 2020 ; 5:49:57 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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