The War at 80: Berkeley’s Tributes

December 3, 2016
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The War at 80: Berkeley’s Tributes

Berkeley, California, flagship campus of the University of California, knows how to stage a political fight. To mark the 80th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the campus featured a spectacular series of events—lectures, panel discussions, archival exhibitions from the Bancroft Library, film screenings, and poetry readings—honoring the volunteers of the...
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Heart of Spain: Intensely Political

December 3, 2016
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<em>Heart of Spain</em>: Intensely Political

Eighty years ago an epic struggle began, largely to be overwritten in public memory by World War II and smeared by the anti-communist witch-hunts that followed. Now a dramatic and intensely political musical play, Heart of Spain, ran at the Zellerbach Playhouse on the University...
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Letter from ALBA: Forever Activists

December 3, 2016
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Letter from ALBA: Forever Activists

It is raining in New York, the day after the election, as we go to press. On the streets, people go about their business with a grim expression and reddened eyes. History can weigh on us; it can shock us as it suddenly turns—but...
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Watt Prizes Awarded

December 3, 2016
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Watt Prizes Awarded

Two undergraduates and one graduate student have won the George Watt Memorial Essay Award with outstanding projects on the Cold War, the Franco Regime, and refugee aid.
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ALBA Organizes Institutes, Wins Grant

December 3, 2016
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ALBA Organizes Institutes, Wins Grant

This November, ALBA organized three full-day professional development institutes for high school teachers in New York City, New Jersey, and Seattle, Washington, led by Peter N. Carroll, James D....
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Another Gray 9/11: A Teacher Reflects

December 3, 2016
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Another Gray 9/11: A Teacher Reflects

Sixteen years ago I moved to New York, not as an economic migrant nor as a political exile, but as a student. The years went by and I stayed....
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HR COLUMN | Winona LaDuke: What would Sitting Bull Do?

December 3, 2016
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<em>HR COLUMN |</em> Winona LaDuke: What would Sitting Bull Do?

What will Governor Dalrymple sacrifice for the Dakota Access Pipeline? Activist and former Green Party candidate Winona LaDuke reminds us that Standing Rock is only the most recent chapter in a long history of dispossession. “The Lakota people have survived many invasions.”
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The Lincoln Brigade: An Exclusive Excerpt from the New Graphic Novel by Pablo Durá

December 3, 2016
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<em>The Lincoln Brigade:</em> An Exclusive Excerpt from the New Graphic Novel by Pablo Durá

Pablo Durá is the author of The Lincoln Brigade, a new graphic novel based on the life story of Oliver Law, of which we are proud to feature an excerpt in this issue.
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Leo Eloesser: The Remarkable Story of a Medical Volunteer in Spain

December 3, 2016
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Leo Eloesser: The Remarkable Story of a Medical Volunteer in Spain

Among the American medical volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, Dr. Leo Eloesser, a thoracic surgeon affiliated with San Francisco General Hospital, organized a team of west coast doctors and nurses and brought his considerable experience of military medicine to Republican Spain. His extraordinary...
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IB Monument Unveiled in Paris

December 3, 2016
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IB Monument Unveiled in Paris

On a sunny Saturday, October 22, the French International Brigades Association, ACER (Amis des Combattants en Espagne Républicaine), corrected a longstanding injustice. The city of Paris, home of the...
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Who is the Mysterious “Cuba Hermosa”? New Evidence Comes to Light

November 22, 2016
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Who is the Mysterious “Cuba Hermosa”? New Evidence Comes to Light

In 2009 an anonymous black International Brigades volunteer became famous when his picture garnered the attention of the international news media. The Spanish government wanted to give the photograph...
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Cuban IB veterans in a French Concentration Camp: From the Soviet Archives

December 3, 2016
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Cuban IB veterans in a French Concentration Camp: From the Soviet Archives

The archives of the Communist International in Moscow, now partly available online, hold many small treasures. When we found the news bulletin published by a group of Cuban veterans...
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Stan Hilton (1918-2016)

December 3, 2016
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Stan Hilton (1918-2016)

Sadly, we have now reached the end of an era. With the death of 98-year old Stan Hilton, there are no longer any British veterans of the International Brigades...
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A Pig Islander among the Mac-Paps

December 3, 2016
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A Pig Islander among the Mac-Paps

As a sergeant in the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, Alex Maclure firmly aligned himself with New Zealand volunteers in the International Brigades. In the above letter, published in the Communist Party...
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Letters: Exchange on Catalonia

December 3, 2016
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Letters: Exchange on Catalonia

Dear Editor, After 25 years of receiving and enjoying The Volunteer I was saddened by the unbalanced and misleading article by Eric R. Smith entitled How to understand the...
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Book Review: Hochschild’s Spain in Our Hearts

December 3, 2016
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<em>Book Review:</em> Hochschild’s <b></b>Spain in Our Hearts

Adam Hochschild, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


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Book Review: Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War

December 3, 2016
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<em>Book Review: </em>Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War

Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War: Realms of Oblivion, edited by Aurora G. Morcillo, Boston: Brill, 2014


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There Are Many Ways to Support ALBA

December 6, 2016
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There Are Many Ways to Support ALBA

ALBA can’t do all it does without our generous donors. Fortunately, there are many ways to support our work, from our monthly donor program to gifts and bequests–and of...
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Spain’s Civil-International War, 80 Years Later: Lessons for US Foreign Policy

November 1, 2016
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Spain’s Civil-International War, 80 Years Later: Lessons for US Foreign Policy

In the aftermath of the Great War, President Woodrow Wilson’s dream was to make the world “safe for democracy”. Not exactly for democracy in itself as a system of...
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The Noblest Fruit of Them All

November 2, 2016
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The Noblest Fruit of Them All

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. The Noblest Fruit of Them All by Jim Persoff The Volunteer, Volume...
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80th anniversary event at Guadalajara, October 28

October 29, 2016
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80th anniversary event at Guadalajara, October 28

In the foggy morning, we were greeted by the Mayor of Torija and the President of Guadalajara Memorial in front of the town hall. The town awarded Freedom Medals...
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Del Berg honored by IBMT at AGM on October 15

October 28, 2016
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Del Berg honored by IBMT at AGM on October 15

The IBMT made special note of Delmer Berg’s passing at their annual AGM in Dublin on Oct. 15.  IBMT Chairman Richard Baxell called on me to say a few...
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80th Anniversary Celebrations in Paris, Benicàssim, Albacete, and Madrigueras: Photo galleries

October 24, 2016
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80th Anniversary Celebrations in Paris, Benicàssim, Albacete, and Madrigueras: Photo galleries

An official inauguration of a monument to the International Brigades was held in front of the Austerlitz train station in Paris on October 22. This was the place where the International Brigaders rode...
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Remembrance Day

November 9, 2016
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Remembrance Day

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. “Remembrance Day” by Tom Kozar, November 11, 1988 Originally published in The...
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