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Join Us for ALBA’s Annual Election-Day Teachers Workshop!

October 10, 2018
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Join Us for ALBA’s Annual Election-Day Teachers Workshop!

The United States and World Fascism: Human Rights from the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond is the title of ALBA’s professional-development program for high school teachers in Social Studies, Spanish, Art, and Language Arts. Join us this Tuesday, November 6 at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (53 Washington Square South, New...
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Remember This by William P. Smith, Jr., Lincoln Battalion

October 4, 2018
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Remember This by William P. Smith, Jr., Lincoln Battalion

                    Remember This, William P. Smith, Jr., Lincoln Battalion The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 1, No. 9, August 9, 1937   REMEMBER THIS I’ve heard you sobbing in the night And know your fears are not for fright But for the dead. Those Comrades lost...
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The Trek That Led to Spain by J. McGrandle

September 28, 2018
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The Trek That Led to Spain by J. McGrandle

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 25, July 19, 1938                         This anniversary wouldn’t seem complete to me without some mention of the “Vancouver Stiffs” who are fighting side by side with the rest of the International against fascism. It isn’t strange when...
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Lt. Cooper’s Haul by S. F.

September 21, 2018
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Lt. Cooper’s Haul by S. F.

The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 30, August 26, 1938 The special Brigade machine gun company came up to reinforce the 58th Battalion on July 28th. Saully Wellman its commissar had already been forced out of action by a shrapnel wound; and when on his very first day with the Lincolns the commander Capt....
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Far from Baghdad, Two Iraqi Volunteers in the XVth International Brigade

September 15, 2018
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Far from Baghdad, Two Iraqi Volunteers in the XVth International Brigade

  Information about the Iraqi volunteers was brought to light in the memoir of Flint water crisis whistleblower Mona Hanna-Attisha in her new book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Random House 2018). She devotes a number of pages to the Iraqi volunteers, especially to her...
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Finding My Father by Shirley J. Vail

September 10, 2018
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Finding My Father by Shirley J. Vail

At the age of 70, I gathered my courage and learned how to use the Internet.  The first thing I wanted to do was find out anything I could about my father, Earl Frederick Vail.  I began with Ancestry.com.  Setting out on a journey that would take me I knew not where. I was...
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Snowman in Madrid, by M. Mickenberg

September 2, 2018
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Snowman in Madrid, by M. Mickenberg

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 3, January 29, 1938                                     SNOWMAN IN MADRID Franco, Franco, Generalissimo, The little kids are making you Of effigies in snow.   Of you, Franco, Generalissimo! They’re making you and...
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May 2018 IBMT magazine available online

August 29, 2018
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May 2018 IBMT magazine available online

Issue number 48 (2-2018) of ¡No Pasarán!, the magazine published by the International Brigades Memorial Trust (IBMT), magazine is now online and viewable in full color, here. The issue features interviews with Geoffrey Servante, almost certainly the last British International Brigade veteran, and eminent Spanish Civil War historian Paul Preston. The next issue of the magazine...
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On Beards –A Reply by M. H.

August 26, 2018
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On Beards –A Reply by M. H.

On Beards –A Reply, By M. H. The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 2, January 13, 1938 In a recent issue of “The Volunteer for Liberty” we find a scholarly article deriding the many beard wearers in the International Brigades. A very astute and interesting article –to the beardless. But to the man...
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What’s In A Beard? by Unattributed

August 26, 2018
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What’s In A Beard? by Unattributed

What’s In A Beard? Unattributed The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 1, No. 28, December 27, 1937 Beards were introduced by Sampson an ingenious Easterner who put over the slogan “Hair for Strength” and made big money. Like other speculators he wrecked his career on a woman and ended his life in an orgy of...
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