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Cercas’ book on the 1981 coup reviewed

February 8, 2011
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Cercas’ book on the 1981 coup reviewed

Anne Chisholm, in this Sunday's Telegraph, and Michael Eaude, in the Independent, review Javier Cercas' Anatomy of a Moment, a prize-winning fictionalized history of the failed February 1981 coup:

The Anatomy of a Moment is extensively researched, rigorous with the facts. It is not only history, though, for where...
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In search of the fallen at Jarama

February 8, 2011
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In search of the fallen at Jarama

A team of researchers directed by Luis Avial has been scanning the surroundings of the Jarama river--where the Lincoln Battalion faced its first bloody battle in February 1937--in search of the graves of fallen soldiers, La Razón reports. The researchers are confident they may well discover mass graves with the remains of British,...
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Fraser reviews Casanova’s Republic & SCW

February 8, 2011
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Fraser reviews Casanova’s Republic & SCW

Ronald Fraser, author of the pathbreaking oral history Blood of Spain, reviews Julián Casanova's newly translated The Spanish Republic and Civil War (Cambridge, 2010) in the most recent issue of the New Left Review:

The belief that the Spanish Civil War can essentially be reduced to a struggle...
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IBMT Newsletter

February 7, 2011
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IBMT Newsletter

Jim Jump sends us the new IBMT Newsletter with, as usual, a wealth of information: obits for Sam Lesser and Penny Feiwel, news on the Jubilee Gardens IB Memorial and a full overview of all UK memorials, information on the possible location of George Nathan's grave, an announcement of a new play on...
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Spaniards and Latinos in the International Brigades

February 6, 2011
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Spaniards and Latinos in the International Brigades

Last year, when Sebastiaan Faber and I tried to identify the black IBer portrayed in a picture by the great photographer Centelles, we came across a great many documents that would help a patient historian tell the relatively unknown story of the US-based volunteers from Spain and from Spanish-speaking America who joined...
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Human Rights and Global Wrongs

February 6, 2011
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Human Rights and Global Wrongs

ALBA and Veterans for Peace are proud to announce the Annual ALBA Bill Susman Lecture by Marjorie Cohn,  editor of The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse (NYU Press, 2011), past president of the National Lawyers Guild, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and author of three other books (see www.marjoriecohn.com): "Human...
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“The Kid from Spain” starring Eddie Cantor (1932)

February 3, 2011
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“The Kid from Spain” starring Eddie Cantor (1932)

Alan Warren writes: Last week I was examining letters written by Welsh Brigader Alwyn Skinner in the Richard Burton archives at Swansea University. I made a note of one passage written on August 14th 1937 when Alwyn was based at Tarazona de la Mancha. He writes the following:

One night this week...
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Spanish AG rejects request for baby theft investigation

February 2, 2011
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AFP reports:

Spain's attorney general's office on Tuesday rejected a demand that it open a national probe into allegations that newborn babies were stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for decades under a policy approved by Franco's dictatorship.  ... "The attorney general's office refused to open an inquiry at...
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Memorial for Nate Thornton (1915-2011)

January 31, 2011
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The memorial for Nate Thornton, Veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, who died on January 2, 2011 will take place on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 pm
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Songs for the Cause video: Mattson and Goldstein

January 28, 2011
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Songs for the Cause video: Mattson and Goldstein

Donna Brennan and Arya F. Jenkins, of AllReel Media, have kindly shared a 10-minute video compilation of "Songs for the Cause," the benefit concert held this past October 16 at the Museum of the City of New York, with Pete Seeger, Patti Smith, and Guy Davis. The compilation includes selections of the speeches given by...
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