Author Archive for Sebastiaan Faber

ALBA workshop in Northampton for Social Studies & Spanish teachers (10/29)

September 19, 2016
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ALBA workshop in Northampton for Social Studies & Spanish teachers (10/29)

First to Fight: American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) Explore this pivotal event in Spanish–and world–history and culture! Parallels to today include Syria, Ukraine, & the rise of rightwing populism. Oct. 29 – Northampton – Breakouts in Spanish and in English. $25. Lunch and materials provided. Led by Kelley Brown, Easthampton HS....
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Biographies of Dutch Brigadistas Online

August 25, 2016
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Biographies of Dutch Brigadistas Online

“It was always rumored that my uncle fought in Spain, but now we finally know for sure. I’ve had an amazing number of touching reactions of that type,” Yvonne Scholten says, “especially from family members.” Scholten, a Dutch journalist, is the driving force behind a new biographical dictionary of Dutch volunteers in Spain that...
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Jeremy Scahill: “Fascism, once again, is on the rise.”

June 9, 2016
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Jeremy Scahill: “Fascism, once again, is on the rise.”

Acceptance speech by Jeremy Scahill on receiving the 2016 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism. May 7, 2016. New York. Lydia just pushed me to come here first (crowd laughs.) I really, in all candor, I feel like I shouldn’t be here receiving this award, particularly because I think that my co-recipient, Lydia, is one of the...
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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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