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Remembrance Day

November 9, 2016
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Remembrance Day

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. “Remembrance Day” by Tom Kozar, November 11, 1988 Originally published in The Volunteer, V. 10, no. 3, December 1988. Today is Remembrance Day and as I woke to the sounds of Vera Lynn’s voice singing the words...
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The Noblest Fruit of Them All

November 2, 2016
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The Noblest Fruit of Them All

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. The Noblest Fruit of Them All by Jim Persoff The Volunteer, Volume 3, No. 5, 1981 When the 14th anti-aircraft battery took up a position in Madrid, somewhere between the Parrios “Tetuan” and “Chamartin,” a team of...
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Spain’s Civil-International War, 80 Years Later: Lessons for US Foreign Policy

November 1, 2016
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Spain’s Civil-International War, 80 Years Later: Lessons for US Foreign Policy

In the aftermath of the Great War, President Woodrow Wilson’s dream was to make the world “safe for democracy”. Not exactly for democracy in itself as a system of government, but rather for its implicit association with the free market. Economic penetration was conceived as an indispensable path to progress for the capitalist system...
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80th anniversary event at Guadalajara, October 28

October 29, 2016
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80th anniversary event at Guadalajara, October 28

In the foggy morning, we were greeted by the Mayor of Torija and the President of Guadalajara Memorial in front of the town hall. The town awarded Freedom Medals to delegates honoring IBers. This was the same spot where IBers gathered to receive welcome from the town 79 years ago. Then we rode buses...
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Del Berg honored by IBMT at AGM on October 15

October 28, 2016
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Del Berg honored by IBMT at AGM on October 15

The IBMT made special note of Delmer Berg’s passing at their annual AGM in Dublin on Oct. 15.  IBMT Chairman Richard Baxell called on me to say a few words on his behalf.  Below is the text of my remarks.  It was especially significant to honor the last Lincoln Brigade veteran in the presence...
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President of Ireland addresses International Brigade Memorial Trust

October 26, 2016
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President of Ireland addresses International Brigade Memorial Trust

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, officially opened the Annual General Meeting of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, held in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on October 15. Seated, left to right, are IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan, President Higgins, Sabina Higgins and IBMT Chairperson Richard Baxell. Standing, left to right, are IBMT North West...
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80th Anniversary Celebrations in Paris, Benicàssim, Albacete, and Madrigueras: Photo galleries

October 24, 2016
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80th Anniversary Celebrations in Paris, Benicàssim, Albacete, and Madrigueras: Photo galleries

An official inauguration of a monument to the International Brigades was held in front of the Austerlitz train station in Paris on October 22. This was the place where the International Brigaders rode trains to Spain 80 years ago. Among crowded participants (French, Swedish, Danish, Russian, German, Dutch, Italian, Canadian, Polish, USA, UK, Puerto Rico, Romanian, etc.), there was Vicente Almudever (98...
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Spanish Civil War program in Torrance, CA

October 12, 2016
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Spanish Civil War program in Torrance, CA

The Foreign Language Department’s Spanish program at El Camino Community College (Torrance, California) is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War with a series of activities and lectures from November 8 to 12. The five-day program includes talks on mass graves, pictorial art, military fortifications, news coverage in the US of the conflict,...
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Albin C. Ragner: Mostest First-Line Infantryman

September 24, 2016
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Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. Albin C. Ragner: Mostest First-Line Infantryman by Benjamin Goldring The Volunteer, Volume 5, Number 2, June 1983. Albin C. Ragner, Lincoln Battalion Veteran, does not appear to have made it into any books or any print on...
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ALBA workshop in Northampton for Social Studies & Spanish teachers (10/29)

September 19, 2016
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ALBA workshop in Northampton for Social Studies & Spanish teachers (10/29)

First to Fight: American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) Explore this pivotal event in Spanish–and world–history and culture! Parallels to today include Syria, Ukraine, & the rise of rightwing populism. Oct. 29 – Northampton – Breakouts in Spanish and in English. $25. Lunch and materials provided. Led by Kelley Brown, Easthampton HS....
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