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A refugee story with a Spanish chapter

April 2, 2010
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A refugee story with a Spanish chapter

From JWeekly:

Renée Duering (who lives in Daly City) and Margot Slodzina (a longtime resident of Caracas, Venezuela) originally met one another in 1933 in Cologne, Germany, as young members of the Jewish girl scouts.

Margot finished high school at the German school in Madrid....
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Addition to Bristol IB Monument

April 2, 2010
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Addition to Bristol IB Monument

Via the Bristol Radical History Group:

The memorial to the four Bristol volunteers who joined the International Brigades to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War in Castle Park is to be surrounded by a vivid mosiac border in Republican colours and will be unveiled at 12 noon on 14th...
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SCW vet John Hovan receives Spanish passport

March 27, 2010
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SCW vet John Hovan receives Spanish passport

News from Rhode Island:

In July 1937, John G. Hovan boarded a France-bound boat to fight the rising Fascist powers. He headed to Spain, south across the Pyrenees, where thousands of other volunteers were already fighting a civil war that proved to be a prelude to World War II. The war was...
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33 thousand buried with Franco

March 27, 2010
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33 thousand buried with Franco

A government-led investigation has revealed that the Valley of the Fallen--Franco's massive Civil War monument completed in 1959 after twenty years of construction by forced-labor crews consisting of Republican prisoners--doesn't merely hold Franco's own body, but the bodies of 33,832 others, making it the Spain's largest mass grave. More here.
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Human-rights organizations come out in support of Garzón

March 27, 2010
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Human-rights organizations come out in support of Garzón

After Human Rights Watch and the Robert F. Kennedy Center, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights, and the World Organization Against Torture join scores of other human-rights organizations in expressing their solidarity with the embattled magistrate, and their bafflement at his possible suspension for investigating crimes against humanity committed...
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Dr. Norman Bethune remembered as ‘son of Toronto’

March 26, 2010
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Dr. Norman Bethune remembered as ‘son of Toronto’

From InsideToronto:

In 1936, Norman Bethune headed to Spain to provide medical care on the battlefield and this is where he developed the world's first mobile medical unit to administer blood transfusions on the spot, which saved many lives. He's revered in China and remembered in Montreal, but more than...
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ALBA’s Dan Czitrom’s op-ed on the Texan Textbook Battle

March 26, 2010
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ALBA’s Dan Czitrom’s op-ed on the Texan Textbook Battle

From CNN:

Historians and teachers have reason to be deeply concerned over the latest actions taken by the Texas Board of Education regarding social studies curriculum standards.

Many conservatives are simply unwilling to accept how much the writing and teaching of American history has changed...
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Film: Queridísimos verdugos/Dearest executioners (1977) Monday at KJCC, NYC

March 26, 2010
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Film: Queridísimos verdugos/Dearest executioners (1977) Monday at KJCC, NYC

Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Queridísmos verdugos (Basilio Martín Patino, 1977, 100 mins). Programmed by Helen Graham, King Juan Carlos Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization/Professor of Modern Spanish History, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London. Introduced by Sarah Thomas, PhD candidate, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In Spanish...
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NY Times on Garzón

March 26, 2010
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NY Times on Garzón

Today in the Times:

Spain’s Supreme Court announced Thursday that an investigating magistrate could proceed with a case against a crusading judge known internationally for indicting Osama bin Laden and the Chilean dictator Read more »

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Cartier Bresson’s SCW films out on DVD

March 26, 2010
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Cartier Bresson’s SCW films out on DVD

About to be released in the US: the Henri Cartier-Bresson Collector's Edition, featuring two of his Spanish Civil War films, Victory of Life (1937) and Spain Will Live (1938).
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