Author Archive for James D. Fernández

UC Davis: Is it fascism yet?

November 21, 2011
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UC Davis: Is it fascism yet?

It was in 2006 that I first saw this phrase, on a button worn by a young man on the uptown 6 train.  I was on the subway heading up to the Museum of the City of New York for a meeting related to the exhibition “Facing Fascism:  New York and the Spanish Civil...
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In the Archive: American Scientists’ Gift to Republic

November 12, 2011
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In the Archive: American Scientists’ Gift to Republic

From News of Spain, November 9, 1938 New Pellagra Cure to Madrid Thirty-nine of America’s leading scientists, incuding three Nobel Laureates and thirteen members of the National Academy of Sciences, joined last week in sending to pellagra victims in Madrid a special gift of twenty-five pounds of nicotinic acid, the newly discovered cure for...
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Pro-Franco Propaganda in the US: Russell Palmer

November 11, 2011
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Pro-Franco Propaganda in the US:  Russell Palmer

I’m feeling a bit guilty for having subjected the students in my graduate seminar this week to the viewing of all 77 minutes of  Defenders of the Faith, a pro-Franco documentary filmed between 1936 and 1938 by the American journalist Russell Palmer.  The film is narrated by Palmer himself. To assuage my conscience, I’ve...
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In the Archives: the US Govt and MIA

November 7, 2011
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In the Archives:  the US Govt and MIA

While poking around ancestry.com, I somehow ended up in a cache of documents from the National Archives and Records Administration –“Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835 – 1974- Spain, 1930-1939.”  As you can imagine, each document there is the germ of a novel or film, and, not surpisingly, there are a significant...
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The Mexican Suitcase, by Trisha Ziff

November 5, 2011
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The Mexican Suitcase, by Trisha Ziff

Two-thirds of the way into Trisha Ziff’s brilliant documentary about the re-discovery in Mexico of 4,500 Spanish Civil War photographic negatives of Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour, two Mexican intellectuals comment on the donation of that vast archive to the International Center of Photography in New York.  Photographer Pedro Meyer openly says...
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Even more photos, Ciudad universitaria, Jarama, etc.

October 26, 2011
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Even more photos, Ciudad universitaria, Jarama, etc.

A beautiful album, courtesy of the AABI (Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales) with images from: Inauguration of the monument to the International Brigades at Madrid’s Ciudad Universitaria. Concert/homage to the IB Visit to the Fuencarral Cemetery Visit to the Jarama battlefield Luncheon at Rivas Vaciamadrid in honor of the IB. See album...
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Remarks at Inauguration of the IB Monument, Ana Pérez

October 24, 2011
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Remarks at Inauguration of the IB Monument, Ana Pérez

Translation of remarks made by the President of the Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI), Ana Pérez, at the inauguration of the monument to the International Brigades at Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain.  October 22, 2011. A monument to the International Brigades is, above all, a monument to international solidarity.  And in this...
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There’s a Valley in Spain…

October 23, 2011
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There’s a Valley in Spain…

Today,a group of about twenty “Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade” and three ALBA Board members (J. Fernández, G. Herrman and Marina Garde), visited the Jarama battlefield.  From the vantage point of an appropriately makeshift memorial to British volunteer Kit Conway and other fallen British volunteers, we surveyed the valley and points of...
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Ciudad Universitaria, 75 years later

October 22, 2011
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Ciudad Universitaria, 75 years later

On October 22, 1936, exactly 75 years ago, President Largo Caballero signed the decree which brought into existence the International Brigades.  Today, several hundred people, including four IB veterans, three representatives of ALBA, and a considerable contingent of Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, attended the inauguration of a monument to the...
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Channeling the Lincoln Vets in Zucotti Park

October 17, 2011
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Channeling the Lincoln Vets in Zucotti Park

A hundred-year-old man is helped up on to a plastic milk crate, and prepares to address the crowd at Occupy Wall Street. “Mic check” shouts the facilitator, and her words are repeated by the crowd in a kind of reverse echo, moving in concentric circles from the milk crate out in all directions. The...
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