José Bullejos y Sanchez (7 December 1899, in Granada – 1975 in Mexico) was a Spanish communist politician. He served as the second General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain from 1925 to 1932.

José Bullejos
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain
In office
Preceded byAntonio García Quejido
Succeeded byJosé Díaz
Personal details
BornDecember 7, 1899
Granada, Spain

Early life and political activitiesEdit

Bullejos earned a university law degree. Gaining a job as a postal clerk in Bilbao he joined in the postal strike of 1918-19 and joined the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) trade union.[1] He also participated in the original Spanish Communist Party formed in 1920 and remained with the party after it merged with another communist organization, the Spanish Communist Workers' Party, in 1921 (forming the new Communist Party of Spain or PCE). Heading the party's Vizcayan section,[2] he advanced to the leadership position upon the arrest of the first general secretary, Antonio García Quejido, in January 1925. Bullejos would continue to hold the top post for nearly eight years.

General secretary of the PCEEdit

Inheriting a politically divided party, Bullejos attempted to unify the disparate factions, achieving greater unity in Madrid but having less success with the PCE-affiliated FCC-B in Barcelona.[3] He also conducted a purge of politically suspect members, which weakened the already divided party further.[4] Bullejos was himself arrested in 1928 and temporarily replaced as leader of the PCE by Gabriel León Trilla.[5]

Antonio Garcia Quejido, a printing worker, (1856–1927), 1st General Secretary of the Spanish Communist Party, a Spanish Socialism branch, founded in 1921

Bullejos struggled to maintain PCE relations not only with other Spanish leftists, but with the Soviet Union. Visiting Moscow with other PCE leaders in May 1931, Bullejos was astonished when asked by Comintern official Dmitry Manuilsky whether in Spain feudal lords still forced Spanish peasants to do unpaid labor; he was further told that, "there is more feudalism in Spain than you think." Bullejos told Manuilsky that there were no overt remnants of feudalism in his country but failed to convince him that the "revolution" in Spain was opposed not by feudal monarchists but by a modern bourgeoisie.[6]

He was re-confirmed as general-secretary at the PCE's fourth party congress in Seville in March 1932.[7] When Bullejos and other PCE leaders backed the Republican government against the sanjurjada coup in August and produced pro-Republic slogans, Victorio Codovilla, the Comintern advisor in Madrid, denounced him and two other leaders as counter-revolutionaries. Bullejos resigned his post. When an initial vote failed to officially condemn him as counter-revolutionary, he was called to Moscow. In his absence, Codovilla arranged a new vote which settled the matter and completely denounced Bullejos and the others, who were then expelled from the PCE in October.[8] The general secretaryship passed to José Díaz Ramos.

Post PCEEdit

Following his expulsion from the PCE and Comintern, José Bullejos joined the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). With the end of the civil war and the defeat of the Second Republic by the forces of Francisco Franco he fled to Mexico. There in 1945 he published a book entitled Europa entre dos guerras, 1918-1938.[9] Later he wrote several more works including: Movimiento y Doctrina Sociales, La Comintern en España, and Espana en la segunda Republica.

The 3rd General Secretary of the Spanish Communist Party, Member of the Moscow Kommintern, 1932 - 1942, after the 8 years ruling by Bullejos, stamp from the formerly Communist Deutsche Demokratische Republik


  1. ^ Lazitch, B. and M.M. Drachkovitch. Biographical Dictionary of the Comintern. Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1986. p 53. (Retrieved via Google Books 10/29/10).
  2. ^ Payne, S.G. The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. p 18.
  3. ^ Payne 2004, p. 19.
  4. ^ Payne 2004, p. 19-20.
  5. ^ Payne 2004, p. 20.
  6. ^ Payne 2004, p. 31-32.
  7. ^ Payne 2004, p. 32.
  8. ^ Payne 2004, p. 33.
  9. ^ Lazitch 1986, p. 53.

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Preceded by
Antonio García Quejido
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Spain
Succeeded by
José Diaz Ramos