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Pete Seeger in East Berlin, 1967

January 2, 2016
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Pete Seeger in East Berlin, 1967

Editor’s Note: Coming across Pete Seeger’s correspondence with Victor Grossman in Seeger’s FBI File, we asked Grossman if he had any recollections of Pete’s visit to East Berlin. During Pete’s visit I was director of the Paul Robeson Archive of the GDR Academy of Arts (the archive is still in storage here). That brief...
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Pete and the Feds: Seeger’s FBI file reveals Lincoln connections

January 2, 2016
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Pete and the Feds: Seeger’s FBI file reveals Lincoln connections

“Even a superficial reading of an article written by a Communist or a conversation with one will probably reveal the use of some of the following expressions,” warned a 1955 pamphlet published by the U.S. First Army Headquarters that aimed to teach its readers “How to Spot a Communist.” The expressions that were a...
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“Spanish Doctors” in China

December 8, 2015
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“Spanish Doctors” in China

Twenty medical doctors serving in the International Brigades went straight from Spain to China to help the country defend itself against Japanese aggression. They are remembered fondly in China today.
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Human Rights Column: On Moral Injury

December 8, 2015
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> On Moral Injury

Some soldiers instinctively respond to concepts in international law of which they may not even be aware. When men and women in the military do or see things that offend their deeply held sense of right and wrong, they may experience moral injury, a condition that overlaps with but is not the same as...
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Max Aub on the Republican Exodus: January without a Name

December 8, 2015
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<i>Max Aub on the Republican Exodus:</i> January without a Name

Max Aub (1903-1972) was born in Paris to a German-Jewish family that moved to Spain when he was 11. During the Spanish Civil War, he worked for the Republican government. After Franco’s victory he was arrested in France and spent three years in concentration camps, after which he fled to Mexico. He spent his...
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The Legacy of Spain and the Lincoln Brigade

December 8, 2015
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The Legacy of Spain and the Lincoln Brigade

All my life I've known about Spain. I grew up singing Freiheit and Viva la Quince Brigada and Los Cuatro Generales, and knew the names of some of the places in Spain where the big battles were fought. I owe a lot to my parents, and to the culture they helped create. They didn't...
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Digging History at Belchite: Civil War Archeology

December 8, 2015
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Digging History at Belchite: Civil War Archeology

British and Spanish archaeologists have spent two years investigating Spanish battle sites. American journalist Steve Dinnen joined the dig at Belchite. “We are not here to tell nice stories about the past. The past hurts.”
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Poetry Feature: Mass Graves

September 14, 2015
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> Mass Graves

An unpublished poem by Víctor Jiménez Jódar, with translation by ALBA's Antony Geist.
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Pierre Daura’s Spanish Civil War

September 14, 2015
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Pierre Daura’s Spanish Civil War

What a surprise, a few minutes ago, to open the June issue of The Volunteer and to see on page 14 the article about my father, Pierre Daura, with reproductions of two of his paintings.
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Las alas de la República

September 14, 2015
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Las alas de la República

Mari Pepa Colomer y Dolors Vives fueron las primeras dos mujeres de la España republicana en conseguir su título de piloto y ambas trabajaron como instructoras para el Ejército de la República durante la Guerra Civil. Vivieron vidas de leyenda, pero una década después de su fallecimiento, la mayoría de los españoles no las conocen. (Version in...
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