Justice for Franco’s Victims: ALBA/Puffin Prize Supports Exhumations

June 11, 2015
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Justice for Franco’s Victims: ALBA/Puffin Prize Supports Exhumations

Emilio Silva, founding president of Spain’s Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory, was in New York to receive the fifth ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. Spain’s transition to democracy, he said, failed to address the country’s moral debt to the thousands of victims of violence during the Spanish Civil War and the...
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New York Event: Photos and Video

June 11, 2015
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New York Event: Photos and Video

Here is a video summary and a photo gallery of our Annual Celebration and Award Ceremony in New York City, May 9, 2015, at the Japan Society.
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Letter from ALBA: Why care about the past?

June 11, 2015
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Letter from ALBA: Why care about the past?

Why should we care about the past? This is one of the essential questions we ask when we work with students and teachers. We believe it is a question worth pondering, and worth answering thoughtfully.
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A Letter from the NYC Chancellor of Education

June 11, 2015
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A Letter from the NYC Chancellor of Education

This letter, from New York City Chancellor of Education Carmen Fariña, was read at the ALBA/Puffin Award ceremony on May 9 in New York. Presenting it was Alyce Barr,...
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ALBA Teacher Institute travels to MA and OH

June 11, 2015
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ALBA Teacher Institute travels to MA and OH

In March and April, ALBA’s Peter N. Carroll and Sebastiaan Faber worked with more than two dozen high school teachers in Newton, Massachusetts, and Columbus, Ohio to develop human-rights...
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Faces of ALBA-VALB: Kelley Brown

June 11, 2015
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<i>Faces of ALBA-VALB:</i> Kelley Brown

Master Teacher Kelley Brown speaks about the rise of the Common Core and her experience teaching with ALBA’s materials in Massachusetts.
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An Underground Landscape of Terror

June 11, 2015
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An Underground Landscape of Terror

Cultural anthropologist Francisco Ferrándiz has spent the last 13 years of his life studying the impact of Civil War exhumations in Spain, working in close collaboration with groups like the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory. Thanks to their efforts, Spanish citizens have exhumed more than 6,000 bodies since 2000—most of them civilian...
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HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMN: Time, Justice, and Death

June 11, 2015
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<em>HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMN</em>: Time, Justice, and Death

Time and justice are inseparable: it is impossible to do justice without a proper awareness of time. Time does not only pass for the dead; it also passes for the living—the living who are waiting, at the side of the graves, for the return...
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Art vs. Tyranny: Pierre Daura, John Rossen, and Herman Bottcher

June 11, 2015
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Art <i>vs.</i> Tyranny: Pierre Daura, John Rossen, and Herman Bottcher

Pierre Daura, John Rossen, and Herman Bottcher—a Catalan painter, an American factory worker and a German carpenter—forged a close friendship in the trenches of Spain. A Japanese mortar round, a poem, and a painting united their lives, leaving a lasting artistic legacy.
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Meet ALBA’s New Chair & Officers

June 11, 2015
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Meet ALBA’s New Chair & Officers

My formative experiences took place in Italy within a political culture deeply shaped by the values of international solidarity, social justice, and antifascism that motivated the women and men...
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New Photos of the Chapaiev Battalion

June 11, 2015
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New Photos of the Chapaiev Battalion

An exhibit in Hamburg displays images of the Chapaiev Battalion taken by soldiers and Gerda Taro, from the collection of Alfred Kantorowicz and the ICP.
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Poetry Feature: Lessons of History

June 11, 2015
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<i>Poetry Feature:</i> Lessons of History

I wasn’t even born, never saw a soldier point a rifle into the face of a woman, her hair beginning to gray, run red. I witness from a distance...
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César Covo (1912-2015)

June 11, 2015
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César Covo (1912-2015)

The last known International Brigade veteran in France, César Covo, died in March in Rennes, France, just a few weeks from his 103rd birthday. His death marks the silent...
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Book Review: Politics as sidelight

June 11, 2015
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<i>Book Review:</i> Politics as sidelight

Richard Rhodes, Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015). 


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Book Review: Puerto Rican volunteers in Spain

June 11, 2015
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<i>Book Review:</i> Puerto Rican volunteers in Spain

José Alejandro Ortiz Carrión with Teresita Torres Rivera, Voluntarios de da Libertad. Puertorriqueños en defensa de la República Española 1936-1939 (San Juan: Ediciones Callejón, 2015).


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Join the Jarama Society

June 11, 2015
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Join the Jarama Society

What you leave to friends and loved ones–and the causes you champion– are ways of expressing your hopes and dreams for the future. Help perpetuate your part in the...
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Blast from the Past: Leo Grachow

April 14, 2015
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Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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Blast from the Past: The Life and Death of Thomas Danek

April 28, 2015
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Blast from the Past: The Life and Death of Thomas Danek

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting...
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