Author Archive for Xóchitl Gil-Higuchi

Restoration of War Trenches to Educate Public

December 9, 2014
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“All eight of the trenches were used during the war just before Malaga fell. One of the trenches is located close to the town’s picnic area and the others are located in and around the castle. The trenches will be restored with the replacement of stones, removal of all grass and debris, and repair...
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Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic

November 17, 2014
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Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic

Victor Grossman, of the German organization “Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic” sent a brief overview of their annual Spain Conference in Berlin to share with the ALBA community. “Held in late October 2014, the annual Spain Conference, as always included friends from similar organizations in other countries – this time Spain, France,...
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Rediscovering Gerda Taro

August 8, 2014
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Rediscovering Gerda Taro

The legacy of the courageous, young war photographer, Gerda Taro, was once buried in history. With the discovery of the photographic negatives, that have come to be known as The Mexican Suitcase, she is being rediscovered and her legacy celebrated. The first female photojournalist to shoot from the front lines, and the first to...
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UN Demands Spain Move Toward Recovery and Reconciliation

July 31, 2014
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UN Demands Spain Move Toward Recovery and Reconciliation

A United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances released a report on Thursday giving Spain 90 days to provide “schedule indicating the measures that will be taken” in regard to a long list of recommendations. The report comes on the heels of a fact-finding mission conducted last September.  It addresses a wide-range of...
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Moral Compass Guides Tourists

July 25, 2014
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Moral Compass Guides Tourists

Wilfried Stuckmann and his wife were visiting Spain from Germany when they accidentally discovered that their luxury hotel had been a concentration camp during the Spanish Civil War. The hotel booking site had given no clue as to the Hostal San Marco’s dark past. It had been touted for its impressive antique furnishings and...
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SeegerFest: Remembering Pete and Toshi

July 23, 2014
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SeegerFest: Remembering Pete and Toshi

A musical memorial was held in Poughkeepsie on Friday, July 18 for Toshi and Pete Seeger.  The free concert was part, SeegerFest, a free, five day festival celebrating the lives, work, activism and music of Pete and Toshi.   Events were held in in the Hudson Valley and New York City and was organized by their...
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The Heritage of the Republic

July 23, 2014
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The Heritage of the Republic

In one of the most moving episodes in the history of international diplomacy, between 1939 and 1942 the administration of Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas provided refuge to 25,000 Spanish exiles from their French concentration camps. Seventy-five years ago the first of the three boats, the Sinaia, arrived in the state of Veracruz carrying the...
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Hans Landauer, 1921 – 2014

July 21, 2014
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Hans Landauer, 1921 – 2014

“I do not regret at all having been in Spain at the time, I would not have missed it for the world. For me it was the teaching of my life; I learned camaraderie, solidarity, to be considerate of others.” Hans Landauer, Austrian Brigader We are sad to report that we received notice this...
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Gert Hoffmann, International Brigade veteran (1920 – 2014)

July 10, 2014
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Gert Hoffmann, International Brigade veteran (1920 – 2014)

On July 9, one month after his 97th birthday, Gert Hoffmann, passed on peacefully and safely at home in Austria. Gert joined the International Brigade in 1938.  Upon the defeat of the Spanish Republic he, along with some 400,000 Spanish, crossed the border into France where they found themselves interned on the beaches in...
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Interactive map of IB monuments across Spain

July 9, 2014
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Interactive map of IB monuments across Spain

The Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI) has produced an interactive map of the tribute memorials to the International Brigades across Spain. The project in an ongoing labor, and anyone with information on a monument not currently included on the map, is welcome to contribute information and photos through AABI’s website. The map is...
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