Author Archive for Robert S. Coale

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 main recruiting and screening center for international volunteers from 1936 to 1938, had no public monument to the International Brigades. While a monument to the...
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Book Note: The IB in Graphic Novels

December 8, 2015
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<em>Book Note:</em> The IB in Graphic Novels

Las Brigadas internacionales a través del cómic: 1977-2012, Ángel Luis Arjona Márquez, Albacete, 2014.
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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 turning of a historic page as he was most certainly the last surviving IB veteran of the battle of Madrid.
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French Collaboration on Display, 1940-1944

March 13, 2015
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French Collaboration on Display, 1940-1944

Seventy years after the liberation of Paris from German occupation, the National Archives of Paris opened "La Collaboration, 1940-1945," an exhibition exploring multiple facets of French collaboration with the enemy.
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Moisès Broggi i Vallès (1908-2012)

March 18, 2013
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Moisès Broggi i Vallès (1908-2012)

Moises Broggi i Vallès, Catalan surgeon who served in the 35th International Division Medical Services, passed away on December 31, 2012. As a young doctor, working in an on call capacity, he provided medical care in the Military Hospital of Barcelona from the first day of the war. In early 1937 he was appointed...
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Ivry sur Seine remembers

January 27, 2012
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Ivry sur Seine, a working class municipality on the southern outskirts of Paris, celebrated ten sons of the town who were killed in Spain fighting in the International Brigades yesterday when a plaque in their honor was unveiled. The ceremony was organized by the ACER (Asociation of Friends of Combattants in Republican Spain, for...
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IBs Meet for Future

August 31, 2010
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For three years, the French and German International Brigade Associations, respectively A.C.E.R. and K.S.F.R., have pushed for the creation of an international umbrella committee whose role would be to link the many national IB associations. The most recent meeting for the future “Coordination Internationale” took place in Paris last May. Delegations, principally from Europe,...
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