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Iraqi Volunteers in Spain

August 5, 2019
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Iraqi Volunteers in Spain

Among the 35,000 volunteers who traveled to Spain to support the Loyalist cause during the Spanish Civil War were two Iraqis. This is what we know about them.
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The Painful Past of Spanish Civil War Refugees in France, 80 Years On

March 9, 2019
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The Painful Past of Spanish Civil War Refugees in France, 80 Years On

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on France24 and is reprinted here with the author’s permission. Nearly half a million Spaniards crossed the border into France after Barcelona fell to General Francisco Franco 80 years ago. Many were detained in makeshift internment camps during a dark chapter of French history that has been all but forgotten....
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An Early Casualty of the War: Arthur Witt

March 9, 2019
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An Early Casualty of the War: Arthur Witt

New Yorker Arthur Witt was among the many Lincoln volunteers to be killed at Jarama, in February 1937. Although he was only 29, he’d lived a full life. The back story of a Lincoln Volunteer. Arthur Witt (originally Witkowsky) was born on October 4, 1907, in Brooklyn, New York in a modest Jewish family....
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Human Rights Column: You Can Keep Your Huddled Masses: Trump v. Immigrants

March 9, 2019
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<em>Human Rights Column:</em> You Can Keep Your Huddled Masses: Trump v. Immigrants

From the moment he assumed office, President Trump has advanced the most xenophobic immigration policy since the days of the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), negatively affecting all immigrants regardless of status, including naturalized citizens.
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A Chance Find at the Archive: The Life of Vicente García Riestra

March 9, 2019
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A Chance Find at the Archive: The Life of Vicente García Riestra

An old snapshot of three smiling teenagers leads a researcher to one of the Spanish survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
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Faces of ALBA: Dean Burrier Sanchis

March 9, 2019
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Faces of ALBA: Dean Burrier Sanchis

Dean Burrier Sanchis is a Spanish teacher and soccer coach in Elk Grove, Illinois. He also has a deep personal connection to the Spanish Civil War. Dean has spent several years uncovering and documenting the life story of his grandfather and Lincoln veteran Vicente Sanchis Amades.
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A Transformative Dive into the Archive

A Transformative Dive into the Archive

What does it mean for undergraduates to do the work of narrating memory? Two faculty and one librarian worked with undergraduate students in the Hunter College Archives and the ALBA Collection at the Tamiment Library. The experience was transformative for all.
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The Last US-born Volunteer: Raphael Buch Brage (1915-2018)

March 4, 2019
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The Last US-born Volunteer: Raphael Buch Brage (1915-2018)

When, in early 2016, we mourned the passing of Delmer Berg, the sole surviving US volunteer to fight in the Spanish Civil War, we had no idea that another US volunteer was still living in southern France. Dean Burrier uncovers his remarkable life story.
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The Spanish Civil War in Comic Books: A Surge in Popularity–and Quality

December 29, 2018
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The Spanish Civil War in Comic Books: A Surge in Popularity–and Quality

The last couple of years have seen a number of wonderful new graphic novels on the Spanish Civil War.
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New Archive Traces New Zealand Volunteer in the IBs

December 29, 2018
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New Archive Traces New Zealand Volunteer in the IBs

An archival donation reveals new details about Griff Maclaurin, a charismatic New Zealander who left Cambridge, England, to serve as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, where he fought alongside the poet John Cornford and died in the battle for Madrid.
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