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SCW materials in Europeana

November 21, 2010
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SCW materials in Europeana

Europeana, the central digital repository for Europe's cultural heritage, features some 150 items related to the Spanish Civil War, including videos, posters, and photographs from the collections of the Imperial War Museum (UK), Televisió Catalana, and the Scottish Life Archive.
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Francoists denied access to dictator’s tomb

November 21, 2010
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Francoists denied access to dictator’s tomb

Franco died on November 20th, 1975, and for almost thirty-five years following his death, his followers and sympathizers--including Falangists and other neofascists--gathered at his tomb in the Valley of the Fallen to pay him tribute. This year the Spanish government ordered their access to the tomb blocked, Público reports, officially for security...
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LA Times reviews new Otto Katz biography

November 21, 2010
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LA Times reviews new Otto Katz biography

Richard Schickel reviews Jonathan Miles' The Dangerous Otto Katz: The Many Lives of a Soviet Spy for the Los Angeles Times:

He had at least 21 aliases. He insisted that he was briefly Marlene Dietrich's husband in 1920s Berlin, which was probably not so, though he was possibly...
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New Zealand features Geoffrey Cox

November 21, 2010
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New Zealand features Geoffrey Cox

Sir Geoffrey Cox, the New Zealand journalist who covered the Spanish Civil War (see, among other places, Paul Preston's We Saw Spain Die, reviewed here), is featured this week at New Zealand History Online.
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AFP covers mass graves

November 21, 2010
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Agence France-Presse has come out with a piece on the ten-year anniversary of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory:

Over the past 10 years, the association has opened some 150 mass graves and exhumed around 1,500 corpses in its quest for truth, which is emerging just as slowly,...
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Play about Bethune opens to mixed reviews

November 21, 2010
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Play about Bethune opens to mixed reviews

Bethune Imagined, a play based on the life of Norman Bethune, the Canadian physician whose innovations in blood transfusion techniques during the Spanish Civil War were documented in the film Heart of Spain (Herbert Kline, 1937), has opened to mixed reviews:

When the world remembers Canadian icon Norman Bethune, it...
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Patti Smith wins National Book Award

November 18, 2010
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Patti Smith wins National Book Award

Patti Smith, who last month performed in an ALBA benefit event alongside Pete Seeger and Guy Davis, has won the National Book Award with her memoir Just Kids, the BBC reports.
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The Guardian interviews CJ Sansom

November 17, 2010
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The Guardian interviews CJ Sansom

The author of the acclaimed SCW novel Winter in Madrid (reviewed earlier in The Volunteerspeaks with The Guardian's Sarah Crown:

for Sansom, the novel was, and is, a personal endeavour. Studying the period, he was "appalled – by the way the Spanish people were treated by Franco's fascists, the...
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Memorial to Ralph Fox, British IBer, moved

November 17, 2010
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Memorial to Ralph Fox, British IBer, moved

The Halifax Evening Courier reports that the memorial plaque commemorating Ralph Fox, who died in late 1936 fighting in the International Brigades, has been moved. More here.
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Público covers UCSD memory project

November 17, 2010
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Público today featured the Spanish Civil War Memory Project developed by Luis Martín-Cabrera at the University of California, San Diego, which for the past three years has been collecting and making available online interviews with those who experienced the Civil War and Francoist repression (catalog of videos here). Among the project's...
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