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John V. Murra

April 21, 2017
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John V. Murra

Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. Murra is mentioned several time in Rolfe’s book The Lincoln Battalion and I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the references. I would however like to supplement what...
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Gustav Marten’s SCW Photo Album

April 16, 2017
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Gustav Marten’s SCW Photo Album

Those who read Ed Lending’s Los Rompedores or Jim Persoff’s The Noblest Fruit of Them All may be interested in viewing Gustav Marten’s album of Spanish Civil War photographs.  Martens served in the 14th Battery “Dimitrov” DECA (anti-aircraft) along with Lending and Persoff.  There are several photographs of Persoff and thumbnail sketches of the...
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William Bertram Titus

March 20, 2017
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William Bertram Titus

  Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. While over the years I have always felt that my relations with Bill Titus were very important to me, my memories of him lack any real specificity, so that...
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Lorenz Kaufman and the Eugene Victor Debs Column

February 14, 2017
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Lorenz Kaufman and the Eugene Victor Debs Column

                        The January 2, 1937 issue of the Socialist Call announced the formation of a 500-man volunteer military formation: The Eugene V. Debs Column (hereafter Debs).  The Debs would serve with the Republican armed forces in Spain.  The American Socialist party initiated an...
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Henry J. Foner (1919-2017), presente!

January 26, 2017
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Henry J. Foner (1919-2017), presente!

Henry J. Foner, the popular emcee at the reunions of the Veterans of Abraham Lincoln Brigade in New York City for many years, died on January 11 at age 97. Mr. Foner who lost his academic job along with his three older brothers in the 1940s because of Communist ties, became a labor leader of...
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Joe Gibbons

January 24, 2017
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Joe Gibbons

Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. by  Saul Friedberg, April 23, 1996 Joe Gibbons Although Gibbons was a very close and dear friend, I don’t remember very much about him beyond that I knew him in...
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Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp

December 18, 2016
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Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer.  Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp By Morgan Havard, London Chairman of the International Brigade Association The Volunteer for Liberty, Volume 5, No. 1, January 1944 I cannot imagine feeling any more impotent and helpless than I...
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ALBA & Collaborative Announce Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers in Massachusetts (March 31-April 1, 2017)

December 7, 2016
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ALBA & Collaborative Announce Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers in Massachusetts (March 31-April 1, 2017)

From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond PDPs: 22.5 Graduate Credits: 1 Offered by: Professional Development›History and Social Studies Description What is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it impact human rights? How did ideology shape the Spanish Civil War and WWII? What legacies did they pass on in the...
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International Transport Workers’ Association Publishes Spanish Civil War Booklet

December 6, 2016
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International Transport Workers’ Association Publishes Spanish Civil War Booklet

The global union federation ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has released an illustrated booklet recounting the organization’s fight to support the lawful Republic during the Spanish Civil War, and how the lessons it learnt there allowed it to work with Allied intelligence to fight Nazism in World War Two. It tells the inspiring story...
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Otro 9/11 gris: Una profesora reflexiona

December 3, 2016
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Otro 9/11 gris: Una profesora reflexiona

Como de costumbre, ALBA organizó su taller para profesores de secundaria en Nueva York el día de elecciones. Poco después, una de las participantes nos envió esta sentida reflexión.
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