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Teaching History through Photography: Retracing Centelles’ Steps in Barcelona

August 19, 2017
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Teaching History through Photography: Retracing Centelles’ Steps in Barcelona

Photography is a powerful teaching tool. Last April, a group of American students and I met Ricard Martínez in front of a pharmacy on Barcelona’s Carrer de Diputació to follow the steps that Agustí Centelles, one of the most important photographers of the Spanish Civil War, had taken on July 19, 1936, the first...
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Maritime Workers, the Spanish Civil War, and the Struggle against Fascism

August 3, 2017
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Maritime Workers, the Spanish Civil War, and the Struggle against Fascism

A group from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands has created a website to share and exchange information about the maritime workers who supported the Spanish Republic and who continued the fight against fascism after the International Brigades were withdrawn. The organizers of the website emphasize that the SCW must not be seen as an...
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Walls : How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration?

July 31, 2017
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Walls : How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration?

If you have ever attended VALB reunions or latest ALBA’s celebrations, you won’t forget Velina Brown, whose singing of Spanish Civil War songs has grabbed her audience’s hearts and brought tears to their eyes. Now she is starring in “Walls”, a new musical as the 58th-season production by the award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe....
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Seven American Volunteers Refused Permission to Land in France

July 9, 2017
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Seven American Volunteers Refused Permission to Land in France

The flow of American volunteers to Spain during the first months of 1937, prompted the United States State Department (State Department) to request the assistance of the French government in dissuading American volunteers from crossing France and entering Spain.  French efforts were somewhat half-hearted with officials often turning a blind eye to American travelers...
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George Zoul’s Data Base Entry

June 24, 2017
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Zoul, George. (Zoule); b. November 27, 1908, NYC, Czechoslovakian American; Father Vincent Zoul, Mother Mary Zoul; Divorced; Received passport# 355923 on December 4, 1936,  address listed as 420 East 18th Street, NYC; Sailed December 26, 1936 aboard the Normandie; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Served at Jarama (May have transferred into the...
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George Zoul

June 24, 2017
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George Zoul

Compiling a biographical entry for a volunteer often involves a complicated process of locating data points from a wide variety of sources and assembling them into a coherent structure.  George Zoul’s entry took several years to assemble.   In 2012, I ran an internet query on George Zoul a volunteer on whom I had very...
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Remembering the S.S. Ciudad de Barcelona

June 14, 2017
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Remembering the <em>S.S. Ciudad de Barcelona</em>

Last month was the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Ciudad de Barcelona. For those who don’t know about this event, or may have only a foggy recollection, here is a brief summary of what happened in May 1937. The ship Ciudad de Barcelona had been nationalized by the Republican government, and in...
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Biographical Project: Raleigh Frohman

May 21, 2017
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<em>Biographical Project:</em> Raleigh Frohman

Saul Friedberg’s short piece on Raleigh Frohman provides crucial information regarding his fate.  It figures prominently in Charles Antin’s search to understand his cousin’s disappearance. Together the two articles shed light on Frohman’s service in Spain. Chris Brooks, Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project, 2017.   Raleigh Frohman, by Saul Friedberg April 22, 1996...
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Blast from the Past: The Quest for a Missing American Volunteer

May 21, 2017
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<em>Blast from the Past:</em> The Quest for a Missing American Volunteer

A brief article in the March 24, 1939 student paper, The Cornell Daily Sun, with the title “ASU Spring Dance Will Be Tonight” mentioned that the dance was “in honor of Cornell men who fought in the war in Spain.”  The American Student Union noted that volunteers Victor Tiship and John Shulman from the...
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Biographical Project: John V. Murra

April 21, 2017
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<em>Biographical Project:</em> 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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