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Moving tribute to Maynard Goldstein

March 10, 2011
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Moving tribute to Maynard Goldstein

Anna Grau, New York correspondent to the Spanish newspaper ABC, has just published a moving tribute to Maynard Goldstein, the last surviving Lincoln veteran to fight in the battle of Jarama, who passed away in January:

It was inhumanely cold in New York some weeks ago when I went out into the...
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Nueva York (3): Club Julio A. Mella in Harlem

March 8, 2011
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Nueva York (3): Club Julio A. Mella in Harlem

The Club Julio A. Mella in Spanish Harlem was named after the founder of Cuba’s Communist party.  The exhibition “Nueva York:  1613 – 1945″ (New-York Historical Society and Museo del Barrio), featured the original of this painting of that club by Henry Glintenkamp, as part of the exhibition’s final section.  In this closing sequence...
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Paul Preston’s “The Spanish Holocaust”

March 8, 2011
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Paul Preston’s “The Spanish Holocaust”

After a decade of research, Prof. Paul Preston at the London School of Economics has just finished writing The Spanish Holocaust, which tallies, narrates, and explains the tremendous cost in human lives and suffering of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath. The book, which has already won a prize, will be out...
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Nueva York (2): Langston Hughes on Cuban Lincoln volunteer Basilio Cueria

March 7, 2011
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Nueva York (2):  Langston Hughes on Cuban Lincoln volunteer Basilio Cueria

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the curators of the museum show “Nueva York:  1613 – 1945″ (New-York Historical Society, Museo del Barrio) used the Spanish Civil War in New York as a kind of provisional endpoint for the exhibition’s sweeping narrative about Spanish-speakers in Gotham.  The exhibition showed how the war brought...
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Musical homage to the IB

March 7, 2011
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Musical homage to the IB

Goodbye Barcelona, a musical by Karl Lewkowicz and Judith Johnson about the International Brigades,  is scheduled to open for a four-week run in London in November. A fund-raising reading of songs from the show was held in London on Friday 4 March;  speakers included historian Paul Preston, novelist Victoria Hislop and Lola Ruiz...
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SF Chronicle covers Spanish WikiLeaks angle

March 6, 2011
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Today in the Chronicle, Bob Egelko reviews the ramifications of the WikiLeaks revelations regarding US pressure on foreign governments and judiciaries to block legal investigation of US officials, including the Guantánamo torture case opened by Baltasar Garzón:

The documents also quoted U.S. diplomats as urging Spain to transfer the case from Judge...
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Casanova on Spain vs. Chile

March 5, 2011
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Casanova on Spain vs. Chile

ChristieBooks has just posted an English translation of Julián Casanova's op-ed in El País from last month, comparing Chile to Spain:

Pinochet learned a lot from Franco. ... The legacy of the crimes of the two dictatorships was tackled very differently in the two countries. In Spain, in the wake...
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La División Azul. Rusia, 1941-1944

March 5, 2011
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La División Azul. Rusia, 1941-1944

According to today’s literary supplement of El País (Babelia), Jorge M. Reverte has published a new book in which he reconstructs the history of an important part of Francoist Spain’s support of Hitler and Nazism during World War II. The Spanish falangist José Luis Arrese proposed the name “División Azul”  to refer to the...
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Hitchens, Wisconsin & the Lincoln Brigade

March 4, 2011
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Hitchens, Wisconsin & the Lincoln Brigade

"Don't mess with Wisconsin," Christopher Hitchens tells his Vanity Fair readers this week, recalling the state's solid progressive tradition:

To make a stop in Madison, either as author or speaker or both, used to be no ordinary part of a radical tour. You bumped up against a tradition that went back a...
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Nueva York (1)

March 3, 2011
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Nueva York (1)

Several years ago, when the Museum of the City of New York was gearing up for its show “Facing Fascism:  New York and the Spanish Civil War,” we realized that while we knew a good deal about how some communities or groups in New York had responded to the outbreak of the war in...
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