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Website of Spanish historical memory research group

January 6, 2011
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Check out politicasdelamemoria.org for updates on events and publications by an important international group of scholars, including Francisco Ferrándiz and Francisco Etxeberria, who study Spanish historical memory, particularly the impact on contemporary Spain of the exhumations of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War.
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Nate Thornton: an oral history

January 6, 2011
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Ileana Gadea Rivas sends us "I am an International," a brief oral history based on conversations with Nate Thornton held in 2007 and 2008. Read the pdf here. The article was published in Spanish and English in Words and Silences/Palabras y Silencios: Journal of the International Oral History Association (vol. 5, number 1, November 2009), and...
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Lincoln Brigade film at SFMOMA

January 5, 2011
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Lincoln Brigade film at SFMOMA

The Spanish Civil War film screenings in San Francisco later this month (see earlier post) will include With the Lincoln Brigade in Spain, the recently recovered twenty-minute film by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Herbert Kline (clip here). More details will be posted soon.

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Peter Carroll’s “Keeping Time” reissued

January 5, 2011
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Peter Carroll’s “Keeping Time” reissued

The re-publication this month of my memoir, Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia & the Art of History (University of Georgia Press), may be of interest to those who wonder how and why I got involved in writing about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War.  I’ll be discussing this background on Thursday January...
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Nate Thornton (1915-2011)

January 3, 2011
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Nate Thornton (1915-2011)

Georgia Wever writes with sad news:

Last night, James Nathan "Nate" Thornton passed away just short of his 96th birthday.  His wife of 24 years, Corine, phoned FFALB this morning to tell us that he had a peaceful death at home, watching "60 Minutes" on TV. Nate volunteered for the International Brigades...
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The Independent on the lost children of Francoism

January 2, 2011
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Alasdair Fotheringham in today's Independent:

"Did my child die or was he kidnapped?" is something no parent should ever have to ask, and still less so when the kidnappers are the government. But that is exactly the question hundreds of Spanish families are currently demanding that their courts resolve for once...
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SCW exile film screened in NYC

December 31, 2010
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SCW exile film screened in NYC

At Spanish Cinema Now, James van Maanen saw En el balcón vacío (Jomí García Ascot, 1961), a rarely shown film made by, and about, Spanish Civil War exiles in Mexico City:

A memory piece that shows us a grown women living in Mexico City who travels back to Spain to...
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Diana Hauk Payne (1921-2010)

December 31, 2010
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Diana Hauk Payne, widow of ALB vet Perley B. Payne, passed away earlier this month. The San José Mercury has an obituary:

Perley had recently returned from the Spanish Civil War when they met at a political gathering. They married in 1939 and lived on a fruit ranch and raised...
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NPR covers Mexican Suitcase show

December 31, 2010
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This past Wednesday, Margot Adler covered the Spanish Civil War photography exhibit for NPR's Morning Edition:

What's fascinating at the exhibit is that you can look at scores of tiny prints on contact sheets, frame by frame and then see what finally appears in photo news magazines like Look, or in...
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ALB family members travel to Spain

December 31, 2010
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Alan Entin, nephew of Bernard "Butch" Entin, traveled to Spain this fall together with Josie Nelson (daughter of Steve Nelson) and Vaughn Parker, brother of Clinton DeWitt. Alan sends us an article (pdf) about his experience. See here for the travel blog by Alan Warren, the trip organizer.
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