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Blast from the past: Si Podolin on John Delehanty

December 29, 2014
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Blast from the past: Si Podolin on John Delehanty

Editor’s note: At the initiative of ALBA board member Chris Brooks, who maintains the online biographical database of US volunteers in Spain, the ALBA blog will be regularly posting interesting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer, annotated by Chris. Here, to start, is a piece by Si Podolin on John Delehanty, aka “Dely,” which ran...
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Del Berg Interviewed by Friends and Neighbors

December 29, 2014
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Del Berg Interviewed by Friends and Neighbors

In its winter 2014/2015 edition, the quarterly magazine Friends and Neighbors which celebrates the “boomers and seniors” of central California profiled the last surviving Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran Del Berg. In the article Berg speaks about his early life in the Oregon farmlands, his decision to join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain in...
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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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Dutch Brigader Biography Project

November 14, 2014
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Dutch Brigader Biography Project

Great news from the Netherlands, where a group of volunteers has started an online biographical database of all the Dutch who fought in Spain between 1936 and 1939 to defend the Spanish Republic against the forces of General Franco. This is the first exhaustive investigation into the Dutch volunteers.In the Netherlands the Spanish Civil...
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The last FBI burglar

October 22, 2014
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The last FBI burglar

The 1971 break-in at the FBI office in Media, PA, which led to the discovery of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s secret COINTELPRO operation, was never solved by the FBI. But the mystery of that break-in was revealed earlier this year in Betty Medsger’s book "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s...
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Ireland pays tribute to IBers

September 27, 2014
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Ireland pays tribute to IBers

The voices of British Battalion’s Charlie Donnelly, Bob Doyle, John Cornford, Jim Haughey and Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria) were heard again at the Shankill Road Library in Belfast this August.  Moving readings of their poetry and memoirs were delivered by Marlene Sideway, IBMT President and actor, Dr. Sinead Morrissey, Belfast’s first poet Laureate, and...
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Ruby Dee memorial celebration

September 25, 2014
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Ruby Dee memorial celebration

Ruby Dee, legendary actress, author and activist was honored with a public memorial celebration at the Riverside Church in New York City on Sept. 20. She and her husband Ossie Davis, long-time friends of the veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, were extraordinarily generous and bold, lending their celebrity to a host of leftist causes....
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ALBA Festival features 13 human rights documentaries

September 6, 2014
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ALBA Festival features 13 human rights documentaries

Over the course of three days, a selection of cutting-edge human rights documentaries will challenge, educate, and inspire audiences at IMPUGNING IMPUNITY: ALBA’s Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (program and trailers here). Now in its fourth year, and featuring films produced since 2013, this annual film festival brings human rights struggles to life through...
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Exhibition of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings

August 31, 2014
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Exhibition of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings

The exhibition of Lincoln Vet Ralph Fasanella’s paintings “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget,” organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opens on Tuesday (Sept. 2) at the American Folk Art Museum. (Through Nov. 30, 2 Lincoln Square, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org.)
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