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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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Blast from the Past: Gustav Marten’s SCW Photo Album

April 16, 2017
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<em>Blast from the Past:</em> Gustav Marten’s SCW Photo Album

Those who read Ed Lending’s Los Rompedores or Jim Persoff’s The Noblest Fruit of Them All may be interested in viewing Gustav Marten’s album of Spanish Civil War photographs.  Martens served in the 14th Battery “Dimitrov” DECA (anti-aircraft) along with Lending and Persoff.  There are several photographs of Persoff and thumbnail sketches of the...
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Biographical Project: William Bertram Titus

March 20, 2017
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<em>Biographical Project:</em> William Bertram Titus

  Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. While over the years I have always felt that my relations with Bill Titus were very important to me, my memories of him lack any real specificity, so that...
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Lorenz Kaufman and the Eugene Victor Debs Column

February 14, 2017
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Lorenz Kaufman and the Eugene Victor Debs Column

                        The January 2, 1937 issue of the Socialist Call announced the formation of a 500-man volunteer military formation: The Eugene V. Debs Column (hereafter Debs).  The Debs would serve with the Republican armed forces in Spain.  The American Socialist party initiated an...
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Henry J. Foner (1919-2017), presente!

January 26, 2017
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Henry J. Foner (1919-2017), presente!

Henry J. Foner, the popular emcee at the reunions of the Veterans of Abraham Lincoln Brigade in New York City for many years, died on January 11 at age 97. Mr. Foner who lost his academic job along with his three older brothers in the 1940s because of Communist ties, became a labor leader of...
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Joe Gibbons

January 24, 2017
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Joe Gibbons

Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well. by  Saul Friedberg, April 23, 1996 Joe Gibbons Although Gibbons was a very close and dear friend, I don’t remember very much about him beyond that I knew him in...
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Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp

December 18, 2016
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Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer.  Cultural Life in a Concentration Camp By Morgan Havard, London Chairman of the International Brigade Association The Volunteer for Liberty, Volume 5, No. 1, January 1944 I cannot imagine feeling any more impotent and helpless than I...
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