ALBA/Puffin Award Honors Proactiva Open Arms’ Refugee Rescue Work

June 14, 2017
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ALBA/Puffin Award Honors Proactiva Open Arms’ Refugee Rescue Work

On April 16, Òscar Camps, Gerard Canals, and Laura Lanuza of Proactiva Open Arms joined ALBA’s annual celebration at the Museum of the City of New York to receive the 2017 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. Before the main award ceremony, they were interviewed by Emma Daly of Human Rights Watch. The main...
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Human Rights Column: Angels of the Sea

June 14, 2017
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<em>Human Rights Column</em>: Angels of the Sea

Amy Rao, a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, gave the introductory address at the presentation of the seventh ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism to Òscar Camps and Gerard Canals, the founders of Proactiva Open Arms, at the award...
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Letter from ALBA: We Know Where We Stand

June 14, 2017
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Letter from ALBA: We Know Where We Stand

Every day we are inspired by the millions in this country and around the world who engage in acts of resistance against racists and oppressors. Like many of you, we worried about the recent elections in France and the Netherlands and were relatively relieved...
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America and World Fascism: ALBA Takes Its Teaching in a New Direction

June 14, 2017
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America and World Fascism: ALBA Takes Its Teaching in a New Direction

ALBA has expanded the scope of its teaching institutes, moving from the Spanish Civil War to a broader and more ambitious focus on the role of the United States...
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

June 14, 2017
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Back in School: ALBA’s New York Institute Considers Crucial Questions

Reflecting a growing interest among Americans about the history of fascism and anti-fascism, and resulting struggles for the rights of citizens and civilians in wartime, ALBA launched a three-day...
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What Are ALBA’s Workshops Like? A Teacher’s Perspective

June 14, 2017
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What Are ALBA’s Workshops Like? A Teacher’s Perspective

Karen Pleasant, History Department Chair at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, participated in ALBA’s two-day institute this spring. A 17-year veteran in the classroom, she teaches U.S. History...
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Hemingway in the Martyred City: April, 1937

June 14, 2017
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Hemingway in the Martyred City: April, 1937

In April 1937, Ernest Hemingway filed a series of dispatches from Madrid on the atrocious Nationalist bombing campaigns. Curiously, he failed to mention the attack on Guernica.  The legion of international observers – journalists, photographers, writers and “celebrities” of all kinds – passing through Spain during the Spanish Civil War undoubtedly shaped how that...
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Hostages of Appeasement: Jay Allen on Refugees

June 14, 2017
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Hostages of Appeasement: Jay Allen on Refugees

Do refugees have rights? If so, who is responsible to protect them? These contemporary questions are not new. Indeed, they were raised eloquently by the American journalist Jay Allen in November 1939 in Survey Graphic, a monthly magazine edited by Paul Kellogg, illustrated with...
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Standing with Spain: Michigan Students and the Spanish Civil War

June 14, 2017
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Standing with Spain: Michigan Students and the Spanish Civil War

After the 1936 outbreak of the war in Spain, students at the University of Michigan rallied in support of the Republic. A symposium on March 23-25 featuring Peter Carroll and Robert Cohen commemorated this history of political commitment.
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Book Review: The ‘Fifth Column’ in Madrid

June 14, 2017
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<em>Book Review:</em> The ‘Fifth Column’ in Madrid

Julius Ruiz. Paracuellos: The Elimination of the ‘Fifth Column’ in Republican Madrid during the Spanish Civil War Brighton, UK; Chicago; Toronto: Sussex Academic Press, 2017.


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Blast from the Past: The Quest for a Missing American Volunteer

May 21, 2017
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<em>Blast from the Past:</em> The Quest for a Missing American Volunteer

A brief article in the March 24, 1939 student paper, The Cornell Daily Sun, with the title “ASU Spring Dance Will Be Tonight” mentioned that the dance was “in...
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Biographical Project: John V. Murra

April 21, 2017
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<em>Biographical Project:</em> John V. Murra

Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. Murra is mentioned several time...
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Blast from the Past: Gustav Marten’s SCW Photo Album

April 16, 2017
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<em>Blast from the Past:</em> Gustav Marten’s SCW Photo Album

Those who read Ed Lending’s Los Rompedores or Jim Persoff’s The Noblest Fruit of Them All may be interested in viewing Gustav Marten’s album of Spanish Civil War photographs....
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Biographical Project: William Bertram Titus

March 20, 2017
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<em>Biographical Project:</em> William Bertram Titus

  Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. While over the years...
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