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The Antifascist Tower of Babel: Language Barriers in Civil-War Spain

November 19, 2019
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The Antifascist Tower of Babel: Language Barriers in Civil-War Spain

The International Brigades were a hybrid bunch: multi-ethnic, multi-national—and multi-lingual: not everybody spoke everybody’s language. This posed serious organizational challenges for the Republican war effort.
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

August 26, 2019
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

Revisiting a historic image to take a new photograph from the same point of view—the technique known as re-photography—opens up new avenues for research. It also helps redefine our relationship to the past and the future. What does rephotography look like in relation to the Spanish Civil War and Francoism? A conversation with Ricard...
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Human Rights Column: Fighting the Good Fight From Iraq to Spain to Flint, Michigan

August 26, 2019
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Fighting the Good Fight From Iraq to Spain to Flint, Michigan

With the viral specter of right-wing nationalism, militarism, fascism, and xenophobia on the rise once again, the lessons from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives are timely and critical. For Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and her family, they are also personal and foundational.
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Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

Catalan Government Exhumes Mass Graves

This past July, the Catalan government exhumed three mass graves from the Civil War that may include remains of International Brigade members who died in battle.
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Setting the Record Straight: The Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944

August 26, 2019
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Setting the Record Straight: The Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944

The half-tracks of the French Second Armored Division that entered Paris in August 1944 were baptized “Brunete,” “Guadalajara,” “Teruel,” or “L’Ebre,” and manned by Spanish exiles. Some 500 Spanish Loyalists served in the Leclerc Division. Yet the official story of the Liberation of Paris has always presented the battle as a purely French affair.
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Giles Tremlett: “The International Brigades Were Not an Outfit of the Communist International—They Were Antifascists.”

August 26, 2019
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Giles Tremlett: “The International Brigades Were Not an Outfit of the Communist International—They Were Antifascists.”

Giles Tremlett, long-time correspondent in Madrid, is finishing a major new book on the 35,000 volunteers from all over the world who flocked to Spain to help defend the Second Spanish Republic against fascism.
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Poetry Feature: Sanctuary

August 5, 2019
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<em>Poetry Feature:</em> Sanctuary

Sanctuary   The village creek serpentines to open seas where I stand all day at the ocean shore, feeling the Earth’s core tremble.   Sailor Melville got it right, picturing landlubbers lined at water’s edge looking outward on holidays chary of wet feet.   I’m of the coastal breed, fear-fed by tsunamis, yellow signs...
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Dreaming Wide Awake in the Archives

August 5, 2019
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Dreaming Wide Awake in the Archives

The ALBA collection at NYU’s Tamiment Library is an extraordinary trove of documents, images, and artifacts chronicling the lives of the almost 3,000 American men and women who joined the Spanish Civil War. It collection represents about ten percent of these volunteers—a respectable sampling. But is it representative?
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Human Rights Column: Reflections from the Border: Advocating for Migrant Children’s Rights

August 5, 2019
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Reflections from the Border: Advocating for Migrant Children’s Rights

What prompted the migrant caravan? A first-hand look at two epicenters of the immigration story.
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1952): A Reinterpretation

August 5, 2019
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1952): A Reinterpretation

The notion that the Spanish Civil War ended on April 1, 1939 is a convention that is as taken for granted—in textbooks, scholarship and the media—as, say, the date of Franco’s death, November 20, 1975. Yet the death of Franco is a fact, while the establishment of the end of the war in 1939...
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