Challenge has been a publication since 1935, with hundreds of issues and thousands of articles. We hope to rediscover and republish some of them here, which not only tell us about our past, but inform and inspire our present. Explore them below:
From The Archives
In December 1963, Challenge & Daily Worker reporter Tom Spence caught up with The Beatles before their show at Odeon in Leeds to discuss their then newly found fame.
In this article from 1979, Steve Munby interviews Tony Swash, a former terrorist in Britain, about his past life
In this article from 1969, Marion Kavanagh interviews Irish socialist Bernadette Devlin and examines the political situation in Ireland
From 1936-1939 the Spanish Civil War waged between the people of Spain and the forces of General Franco. Over 35,000 men and women from over 50 countries left their homes in order to volunteer willingly to help the Spanish people, including 2,500 from Britain & Ireland.
Just under 200 of them were listed as members of the Young Communist League, and Challenge Magazine gave lots of coverage throughout. The following article from January 9th, 1937 is dedicated to three comrades who were killed on Christmas Day in 1936.
In this article from August 26, 1939, the former Central Committee of the Communist Party of Great Britain dispel myths surrounding the ‘Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact’. Often referenced by anti-communists as a means of equating communism with nazism, the Pact has been falsely weaponised since its inception – with such narratives disregarding the Soviet Union’s unparalleled struggle against the Nazis alongside Western collaboration with fascism.
In this article from March 1968, Jenny Maldon writes on the YCL’s campaign work for the people of Vietnam during the War.