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From Vinebre to Corbera d’Ebre: La XV Brigada Internacional July-September 1938

June 14, 2018
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From Vinebre to Corbera d’Ebre: La XV Brigada Internacional July-September 1938

From the third minute of this video, Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland are shown on their May 26 visit to the battlefield outside Corbera d’Ebre, where Kerry born Lincoln Battalion volunteer Thomas O’Flaherty had been among those brigadistas killed in action in September 1938, and whose nephew, Kerry Flaherty, carries an Abraham...
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An American Dentist In Spain ~ Jack Klein By M. M.

June 11, 2018
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An American Dentist In Spain ~ Jack Klein By M. M.

THE VOLUNTEER Volume 2, January 15, 1938 No other International volunteer in Spain has been in so unique a position as Dr. Jack Klein, the American dentist with a roving commission. Ever-busy, ever smiling he has covered all the fronts, travelling over 10,000 miles in his dental truck, and treated about 3,000 persons, including...
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The Right to Bury One’s Mother: Filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar on Franco’s Victims’ Quest for Justice

May 29, 2018
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<em>The Right to Bury One’s Mother:</em> Filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar on Franco’s Victims’ Quest for Justice

After seven years of work, a new PBS documentary on the international quest to bring Francoist officials to justice is making the festival rounds. An interview with the filmmakers. When I visited Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar in their Madrid apartment last November, they seemed prey to a peculiar mix of exhaustion, expectation, and...
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The Unusual Case of Alexander Sauermilch, Volunteer and Survivor of The Ciudad de Barcelona

May 25, 2018
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The Unusual Case of Alexander Sauermilch, Volunteer and Survivor of The Ciudad de Barcelona

Alexander Sauermilch was one of more than seventy American volunteers who boarded the Ciudad de Barcelona (City of Barcelona) docked in port of Marseille, France on the night of May 30, 1937. The following afternoon as the Ciudad de Barcelona, hugged the coast approaching Malaga she was sighted by a Nationalist submarine. The General...
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Fred Williams in Spain

May 10, 2018
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Fred Williams in Spain

Fred Williams in Spain Twenty-one-year old Fred Williams was living in St. Louis Missouri when he volunteered to serve in the International Brigades.  He sailed for France on October 23, 1937 aboard the SS Champlain and crossed into Spain arriving in Figueres on November 5, 1937.  Williams arrived in Tarazona the American training base...
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MARY AND I ARE GLAD OUR SON WENT TO SPAIN

May 10, 2018
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MARY AND I ARE GLAD OUR SON WENT TO SPAIN

MARY AND I ARE GLAD OUR SON WENT TO SPAIN Southern Father and Mother Tell How the Spanish People’s Fight for Democracy Belongs to Them By Pat Barr Southern Worker, Magazine of the Common People of the South, Vol. V, No. 16, July 1937. It was a happy group that gathered at the railroad...
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Keep ‘Em Rolling By Hy Chesler

April 12, 2018
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Keep ‘Em Rolling By Hy Chesler

Keep ‘Em Rolling By Hy Chesler Originally published in The Volunteer for Liberty, Vol. II, No. 5, February 12, 1938. The work of the Transport units of the Republican Army is apt to be taken for granted, especially by volunteers who come from highly mechanized countries. It is hardly necessary, however, to point out...
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Keeping the Vehicles Rolling By Marion Noble

April 12, 2018
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Keeping the Vehicles Rolling By Marion Noble

Keeping the Vehicles Rolling By Marion Noble Originally published in The Volunteer, Volume XI, No. 2, December 1989. Dear Ben, Enclosed is my story about Spain while I was there. It seems that all too little has been said about those of us who did the best we could to keep the vehicles rolling....
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ALBA Human Rights Winners Under Assault from Italian Government

March 21, 2018
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ALBA Human Rights Winners Under Assault from Italian Government

The London Times reports: Crew members of a Spanish charity ship that rescued 218 migrants from the Mediterranean and brought them to Italy are being investigated for aiding illegal immigration, signalling Rome’s increasing intolerance of migrants. Italian authorities impounded the ship operated by Proactiva Open Arms after it landed in Pozzallo, Sicily. The public prosecutor in Catania argued...
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ALBA Ably Represented in Ireland This January

February 27, 2018
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ALBA Ably Represented in Ireland This January

February 27 is the 81st anniversary of the death in action at Jarama of the Irish poet and Lincoln Brigadista Charlie Donnelly. At the 80th anniversary commemoration in Donnelly’s natively village last year, ALBA Board Member Nancy Wallach met with Nora Shovelin of the Clé (Left) Folk Club, which meets each month in Dublin’s Liberty Hall,...
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