Author Archive for James D. Fernández

Facing Fascism, in Barre, Vermont, for example

March 28, 2012
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Facing Fascism, in Barre, Vermont, for example

Another somewhat unlikely focus of anti-fascist activism during the Spanish Civil War was Barre, Vermont.  The town was home to a significant population of working class Spaniards most of whom had left their native region of Cantabria (Santander) during the first decades of the twentieth century to work in the granite quarries and stone...
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Facing Fascism in Vacaville, California, for example

March 28, 2012
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Facing Fascism in Vacaville, California, for example

The 2007 museum show and catalog “Facing Fascism:  New York and the Spanish Civil War” broke new ground by focusing on the way individuals and communities in New York city responded to the outbreak, conduct, and outcome of the Spanish Civil War. And while New York was a particularly active site for all kinds...
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Tremlett Reviews Preston’s “Spanish Holocaust”

March 9, 2012
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Tremlett Reviews Preston’s “Spanish Holocaust”

Giles Tremlett, correspondent of The Guardian in Madrid, and author of Ghosts of Spain, reviews Paul Preston’s latest book about terrorism and its legacy in Franco’s Spain. “Franco had time to impose his own version of history, which still prevents contemporary Spain from “looking upon its recent violent past in an open and honest...
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Caught in the crossfire: Collateral damage in the Garzón case

March 3, 2012
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Caught in the crossfire: Collateral damage in the Garzón case

I have just read the writ with which the presiding judge dismisses, on the grounds of an expired statute of limitations, the so-called “New York” case against Baltasar Garzón. In this writ of dismissal, as well as in his previous writ of indictment, the judge claims that New York University has concealed or fudged...
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Margaret Palmer and Robert Raven

December 17, 2011
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Margaret Palmer and Robert Raven

In the 1930s, Margaret Palmer was an American expat living in Spain, and working as a local agent for the Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art.  She also was in charge of the Spanish section of the Carnegie’s annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting from 1923-38. In the “Archives of American Art Journal” (26:2-3, 1986)*,...
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Lorca’s Bow Tie

December 12, 2011
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Lorca’s Bow Tie

The parallelisms between the boom-and-bust of the 1920s/30s and our current economic and political meltdown are ubiquitous and uncanny (eg, here and here).  These unsettling coincidences form the knot of “Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie,” a wonderful production that will run at the Duke Theater on 42nd  Street until December 17, 2011. The great Spanish poet and...
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Photography exhibit sparks symposium

December 7, 2011
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Photography exhibit sparks symposium

Agustí Centelles (1909-1985) is one of the most important photojournalists of the Spanish Civil War, and his work should be studied alongside that of Robert Capa, David Seymour, Gerda Taro, Hans Namuth, and Georg Reisner. This much is clear in the wake of the successful exhibit Centelles in_edit_¡oh!, which has been on show...
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Jimmy Yates and Langston Hughes Return to Spain

December 3, 2011
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Jimmy Yates and Langston Hughes Return to Spain

In a recent post in the Spanish-language blog FronteraD, filmmaker and novelist Alfonso Domingo reviews these two new books: Spanish translations of the memoirs of the Lincoln volunteer, James Yates (From Mississippi to Madrid:  Memoirs of an African-American in the Lincoln Brigade) and of the complete writings of Langston Hughes about the war in Spain....
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The Future of the Valley of the Fallen

November 30, 2011
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The Future of the Valley of the Fallen

Several months ago, President Zapatero appointed a committee of experts to put together a report with recommendations on the future of the Valle de los Caídos, the pharaonic monument and burial place of José Antonio Primo de Rivera (founder of Spain’s fascist party, Falange) and the Generalísimo himself, Francisco Franco.  The committee issued its...
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Spain puts SCW documentaries online

November 23, 2011
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Spain puts SCW documentaries online

The Spanish daily Público reports:  Spain’s Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts has uploaded to the Ministry of Culture’s youtube channel a selection of 93 film documents from its historical archive and from the Spanish Civil War holdings of Spain’s Filmoteca.  Many of the Civil War documentaries were included on a wonderful DVD collection...
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