Philip Grosser

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Philip Grosser (1890 in Slavuta – October 3, 1933 in Boston) was an anarchist and anti-militarist hailed by Alexander Berkman as "one of [my] finest comrades". He was imprisoned at Alcatraz Island for refusing to be drafted during the first World War. He is notable for writing one of the first exposés of Alcatraz Prison, the 32-page pamphlet Uncle Sam's Devil's Island, which told of his experience in the prison. He committed suicide in Boston, Massachusetts on October 3, 1933 and was buried on October 20, 1933.



  • Grosser, Philip (2007). Alcatraz - Uncle Sam's Devil's Island: Experiences of a Conscientious Objector in America during the First World War. London: Kate Sharpley Library. ISBN 1-873605-24-2.