Author Archive for Anthony Geist

Poetry Feature: Mass Graves

September 14, 2015
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> Mass Graves

An unpublished poem by Víctor Jiménez Jódar, with translation by ALBA's Antony Geist.
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The Lincoln Brigade: A legacy of racial justice

June 12, 2014
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The Lincoln Brigade: A legacy of racial justice

Some ninety African-Americans joined the Lincoln Brigade in Spain. They came from urban inner cities in the north and the rural south; they were sharecroppers, labor organizers, mechanics, laborers, merchant seamen, and students. They all shared a commitment to justice and equality. I must keep fightin’/Until I’m dyin’. . . Paul Robeson sang these...
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Documentaries of the Lincoln Brigade

December 4, 2011
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Documentaries of the Lincoln Brigade

Viewing seven documentaries about the Lincoln Brigade in two days, a curious thing happened: I had difficulty telling them apart. Not, of course, in their broad sweep. Rather, it was in the details, and more specifically in the archival footage, where I had difficulty distinguishing them.
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Nunca fui a Granada

January 23, 2011
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Nunca fui a Granada

Last night a young Spanish poet, Isabel Cadenas, showed me her blog:  nuncafuiagranada.blogspot.com.  When I asked her why she chose that line from Rafael Alberti's homage to Federico García Lorca, victim of a fascist firing squad in the first month of the civil war, she replied "Because I've never been to Granada."  Alberti...
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The Ghost of Gerda Taro

November 22, 2010
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The Ghost of Gerda Taro

Viewing Taro’s negatives of the Battle of Brunete, preserved for seventy years in the Mexican Suitcase, is like seeing a ghost. They constitute a visual record of the last days of her life. Indeed, many of them have a ghostly quality. Whether the negatives have deteriorated over the years or were originally overexposed, many of them have a phantom look to them:...
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University Honors Vet Osheroff

June 1, 2010
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University Honors Vet Osheroff

The University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights has chosen two students to receive human rights awards in honor of Lincoln vet Abe Osheroff and his wife Gunnel Clark. This year’s winners are graduate students Erin Murphy and Peter Morris, each of whom will receive $750 toward their international human rights...
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