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Spain then, Thailand today

April 6, 2010
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An interesting essay on possible parallels between Republican Spain and Thailand today, in the Asia Times:

Some foreign observations, reporting and analyses suggest the conflicts in Thai politics that are now being voiced on the streets of Bangkok are of the kind that brought many foreigners to the war against...
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Eva Green as Gerda Taro?

April 5, 2010
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Eva Green as Gerda Taro?

Speculation about Michael Mann's Robert Capa film from a Hollywood blog:

Has Eva Green joined Michael Mann's romance tale of renowned war photographerRobert Capa set during the Spanish Civil War? The actress' reported casting in the adaptation of Susana Fortes' "Waiting For Robert Capa" comes courtesy of a throwaway line Read more »

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New doc on Cipriano Mera screens in Tallahassee

April 4, 2010
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New doc on Cipriano Mera screens in Tallahassee

Vivir de pie: Las guerras de Cipriano Mera (Living on your Feet: The Struggles of Cipriano Mera) is part of the official selection at the Tallahassee Film Festival next week:

The film focuses on the odyssey of Cipriano Mera, a bricklayer who commanded the 4th army corps during the Spanish...
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Nate Thornton lecture/film screening

April 4, 2010
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Sunday, April 18, at 1:00 pm. Nathan Thornton, a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade fighting Franco in the Spanish Civil War and lifelong activist, recollects the resistance against fascism and lessons for today.  With documentary film footage and additional commentary by Corine Thornton.  A spring lunch with vegetarian option for $8.00 served at 12:15 pm. New...
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Neugass memoir reviewed in Spain

April 4, 2010
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Neugass memoir reviewed in Spain

War is Beautiful, the compelling Civil-War memoir by James Neugass, Edward Barsky's driver, is being published in Spain this month. A review in El País:

Un vibrante libro de memorias, que mereció los elogios de Antonio Muñoz Molina: "Nunca es condescendiente, nunca es narcisista y, a diferencia de otros testigos, no...
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Tip of the week: Archives Hub

April 3, 2010
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Tip of the week: Archives Hub

A meta-site for archival collections in the United Kingdom. Go to the search page and type in Spanish Civil War.
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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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