ALBA/Puffin Award Honors Proactiva Open Arms, which Has Saved Thousands of Refugees’ Lives

March 6, 2017
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ALBA/Puffin Award Honors Proactiva Open Arms, which Has Saved Thousands of Refugees’ Lives

On Sunday, April 16 (detailstickets), the annual ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism will be granted to Proactiva Open Arms (POA), a humanitarian aid organization based in Badalona (Catalonia) dedicated to rescuing refugees who take to the sea in an attempt to flee war, persecution, and poverty, and to reach the...
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

March 6, 2017
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

Trump’s election creates new challenges for everyone involved in history teaching. What is it like to teach history when the nation’s president appears to chronically ignore factual evidence? What’s the task ahead?
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Letter from ALBA: Resist!

March 6, 2017
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</i>Letter from ALBA:</i> Resist!

We live in interesting times. Hundreds of thousands of women and men across the country and around the world are engaging in acts of resistance against oppression and bigotry, and demonstrating for democracy and human rights. The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives stands with this...
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Faces of ALBA: Chris Brooks, Volunteer Biographer

March 6, 2017
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<i>Faces of ALBA:</i> Chris Brooks, Volunteer Biographer

Chris Brooks is the driving force behind ALBA’s online biographical database of Lincoln Brigade veterans. His countless hours of research and correspondence have produced a comprehensive and accessible collection...
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Madrid Honors Dr. Norman Bethune with Exhibit

March 6, 2017
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Madrid Honors Dr. Norman Bethune with Exhibit

Norman Bethune, the reputed Canadian pulmonary surgeon who joined the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer for the International Red Aid, witnessed one of the war’s most tragic and...
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Update from the Archives: How Relatives Can Help

March 6, 2017
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Update from the Archives: How Relatives Can Help

Fifty years after the end of the Spanish Civil War and one year after the death of the last US volunteer, Tamiment Library’s archives of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade...
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Guerrilla Violence across Borders: The Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and the European Civil War

March 6, 2017
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Guerrilla Violence across Borders: The Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and the European Civil War

Historians have long recognized that Soviet military advisors had commanded troops in the Russian Civil War, suggesting that their experience shaped the way they viewed the Spanish situation. Did Soviet advisors introduce military strategies derived from the Russian Civil War—particularly, guerrilla tactics—into the Spanish war?
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Wounded Reporter Penned Letter on Back of Civil War Poster

March 6, 2017
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Wounded Reporter Penned Letter on Back of Civil War Poster

The back of a Catalan poster held at the Bancroft Library in Berkeley holds a surprise: a 2,500-word, handwritten letter from Spain.
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Curator Discovers New Photographs of Lincolns’ Arrival

March 6, 2017
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Curator Discovers New Photographs of Lincolns’ Arrival

This fall, photography curator Joaquín Gasca, while doing research at Catalonia’s National Archive, came across a batch of unpublished photographs documenting the march through Barcelona of one of the first groups of American volunteers joining the Republic’s struggle against Franco’s army. The photographs, taken...
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London Gallery Reprises 1937 Spanish Pavilion

March 6, 2017
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London Gallery Reprises 1937 Spanish Pavilion

A lovingly curated exhibition goes to great lengths to re-create the impression of the original Spanish Republic’s Pavilion in the famous Paris Exposition of 1937.
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Stars and Mercury: On the Homage to the 1937 Pavilion

March 6, 2017
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Stars and Mercury: On the Homage to the 1937 Pavilion

In 1937 volunteers on their way to Spain through Paris were taken in groups to see the Spanish Pavilion at the International Exposition of Art and Technology of Modern...
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Book Review: A Novel of Post-Civil War Spain

March 6, 2017
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<i>Book Review:</i> A Novel of Post-Civil War Spain

Emili Teixidor, Black Bread. Translated by Peter Bush. Canada: Biblioasis, 2016. 304 pp.


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Marvin E. Gettleman (1933-2017)

March 6, 2017
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Marvin E. Gettleman (1933-2017)

ALBA notes with sadness the death of former executive director Marvin E. Gettleman. He was 83. A historian of the American left, he taught for many years at Polytechnic...
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Herbert Molin (1925-2017)

March 6, 2017
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Herbert Molin (1925-2017)

A longtime ALBA friend, Herb was also a member of The Jarama Society, generously leaving ALBA in his plans to help continue our commitment to social activism.
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Henry Foner (1919-2017)

March 6, 2017
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Henry Foner (1919-2017)

Former ALBA Board Member and longtime emcee at the annual reunions of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Henry Foner, died in New York on January 11. He...
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Lorenz Kaufman and the Eugene Victor Debs Column

February 14, 2017
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Lorenz Kaufman and the Eugene Victor Debs Column

                        The January 2, 1937 issue of the Socialist Call announced the formation of a 500-man volunteer military...
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Joe Gibbons

January 24, 2017
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Joe Gibbons

Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. by  Saul Friedberg, April 23,...
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Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp

December 18, 2016
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Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer.  Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp By Morgan Havard, London Chairman of...
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