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Penny Feiwel (1909-2010)

January 9, 2011
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Penny Feiwel (1909-2010)

Marlene Sidaway, President of the IBMT, writes with sad news:

It is with great sadness that the IBMT announces the death of Penny Feiwel (nee Phelps), the last surviving nurse from the Spanish Civil War.  Penny was 101, and died in Bournemouth on the 6th January.

Penny was...
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Looking for SCW song performers

January 6, 2011
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Looking for SCW song performers

Geoff Lawes is gathering information on current performances of songs from the Spanish Civil War. He writes:

I have begun a thread on the Mudcat Folksong Discussion site trying to collect a list of people who currently perform Spanish Civil War songs. It is hoped that it might encourage the singing of these songs...
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Nation covers Mexican Suitcase show

January 6, 2011
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Nation covers Mexican Suitcase show

This week's The Nation features an extensive piece by Dan Kaufman on the Spanish Civil War photography exhibit at the International Center of Photography, "The Mexican Suitcase." The show's stunning, must-have, 2-volume catalog is now for sale at Powell's Bookstore. Purchasing it through this link helps support ALBA...
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Nate Thornton on YouTube

January 6, 2011
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Daniel Frontino Elash points out that Nate Thornton appears in the short documentary "Soviet San Francisco," viewable here.
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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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