Author Archive for Sebastiaan Faber

Brooklyn at War: Spain, 1936-1939

March 13, 2016
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Brooklyn at War: Spain, 1936-1939

In the spring of 1937 some twenty students from Brooklyn College volunteered to fight in Spain. This unique exhibit, curated by Prof. Alejandro Alonso, in partnership with ALBA, will cover three aspects: political life on campus in the 30s; the impact of the Spanish Civil War and the debates and confrontations that took place there; and the presence of Spanish Exiles...
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Naming the Lincoln Battalion

March 13, 2016
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Naming the Lincoln Battalion

Why did the American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War name themselves after Abraham Lincoln? Who first came up with the idea of the “Lincoln Battalion” and when? New information is complicating the long-accepted account.
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Delmer Berg, Last Surviving Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veteran, Dies at 100

March 2, 2016
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Delmer Berg, Last Surviving Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veteran, Dies at 100

Delmer Berg (December 20, 1915 – February 28, 2016), the last known surviving veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, died peacefully in his California home on Sunday, February 28. Berg followed his service in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) with three years in the Pacific theater of World War Two and a lifetime of labor and...
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Will Franco’s Ghosts Stir Mexican Officials?

February 1, 2016
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Will Franco’s Ghosts Stir Mexican Officials?

By Gloria Leticia Diaz, via FNS News: Anais Huerta says she would really like to know what happened to her great uncle. Felix Llorente Gutierrez was 27 years old when he was detained by followers of General Francisco Franco in Medina del Campo, Spain, on July 28, 1936. Less than one month later, on...
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Pete and the Feds: Seeger’s FBI file reveals Lincoln connections

January 2, 2016
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Pete and the Feds: Seeger’s FBI file reveals Lincoln connections

“Even a superficial reading of an article written by a Communist or a conversation with one will probably reveal the use of some of the following expressions,” warned a 1955 pamphlet published by the U.S. First Army Headquarters that aimed to teach its readers “How to Spot a Communist.” The expressions that were a...
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Ángel Viñas: “No country can forget its own past forever”

December 8, 2015
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Ángel Viñas: “No country can forget its own past forever”

In the fall of 2014, Stanley Payne and Jesús Palacios published a new biography of Francisco Franco. Spanish historian Ángel Viñas, who was finishing up his own book on the dictator, was appalled to find their account riddled with “the most flagrant and, at times, grotesque mistakes, omissions, and misleading interpretations.” This past September,...
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Faces of ALBA-VALB: Velina Brown

September 14, 2015
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<em>Faces of ALBA-VALB:</em> Velina Brown

For the past 15 years, Velina Brown has been singing at Lincoln Brigade reunions, most recently at ALBA’s New York celebration in May.  “The vibe in the room is often lush with emotion, a sense of connectedness and passion.”
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ALBA’s Bay Area Celebration and Other Fall Events

September 13, 2015
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ALBA’s Bay Area Celebration and Other Fall Events

Impugning Impunity: ALBA’s 5th Human Rights Film Festival October 26-28, 2015 Instituto Cervantes New York 211 E. 49th Street New York, NY 10017   79TH Annual Celebration honoring the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Bay Area 1 pm to 3 pm Sunday, November 8, 2015 Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison Street Berkeley, California 94704 For...
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ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival On Track

September 13, 2015
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ALBA’s Human Rights Film Festival On Track

Over the course of three days, a selection of the best independent human-rights documentaries chosen from over 150 entries–sent in from all corners of the globe–will challenge, educate, and inspire audiences at Impugning Impunity.  October 26-28, 2015 Instituto Cervantes New York 211 E. 49th Street New York, NY 10017 One standout film from the Official...
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