Letters

Letter from ALBA: Help us inspire new generations

December 19, 2013
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<em>Letter from ALBA:</em> Help us inspire new generations

Dear Friends, This has been an ambitious year for ALBA as we continue to grow our human rights initiatives and strengthen our educational programming. We recently wrapped up our Third Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Series, Impugning Impunity, at Pace University. It was a terrific showing that included powerful films on a range of...
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Letter to the Editor: Van der Schelling’s voice

December 19, 2013
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<em>Letter to the Editor:</em> Van der Schelling’s voice

Dear Editor, Fine piece about Bart van der Schelling in the September issue. I recall going along with Alvah and Bart on two occasions, somewhere between 1949 and 1951, where Alvah spoke about Spain, and Bart sang. The place where one was held was at the old mission in Santa Barbara, California. I vividly recall...
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Letter to the editor

March 18, 2013
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Dear ALBA, On behalf of the Broggi family (Dr. Moisés Broggi was my wife’s grandfather), I want to thank you for the thoughtful obituary published in The Volunteer. … As you know, the IB experience was a turning point in his medical career and his political awareness. He recalled that experience often, with clarity...
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Letter to the Editor: From the grandson of an anarchist

September 16, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: From the grandson of an anarchist

With tears in my eyes I read the list of American brigaders who fought in Spain with the Spanish Republic. The only thing I can say as the grandson of anarchist combatant is thanks, thanks and thanks always for their heroic sacrifices beyond duty, beyond life itself. When I read those names I cannot...
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Letter: Inspired by the Brigade

July 2, 2012
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Letter: Inspired by the Brigade

I have always been intrigued by the men and women of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. They fought for the right reasons- stopping tyranny, and supporting a legally elected government and a fledgling democracy. After Tina died I played my DVD copy of "The Good Fight" and watched it again. From there I gathered inspiration...
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Letter: Nick Carter’s death was not in vain

March 9, 2012
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Letter: Nick Carter’s death was not in vain

Dear Editors, In the December issue, in an article on “Nick” Carter, the writer makes what seems to me some shameful and unwarranted remarks. He says Carter’s death fighting in the British International Brigade was “especially tragic because of what he might have become.” He then says Carter’s decision to enlist in the brigade...
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Marc Goldstein: My father’s fight goes on

September 18, 2011
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Marc Goldstein: My father’s fight goes on

Thank you for acknowledging my father’s bequest to ALBA. He would be pleased to know that the money will be used for specific programs and that these will be named after him. Still, knowing my father as I do, I rather suspect that he would find this honor less important than the on-going mission of...
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History Detectives, continued: David Fellman

September 18, 2011
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History Detectives, continued: David Fellman

David Fellman, son and nephew of ALB vets Sol and Harry Fellman, recently featured in an episode of PBS's History Detectives, writes to supply additional details and to share remaining questions.
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Support ALBA! A letter from the Chair

June 17, 2011
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For me, as for so many others throughout the world, the volunteers of the Lincoln Brigade are an example of courage and solidarity… They were the kind of people who fight against the worst cancer of humanity: indifference.  It is our duty to carry this idea of solidarity forward. —Judge Baltasar Garzón, on receiving...
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Letters from a Finnish Volunteer

March 4, 2011
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Letters from a Finnish Volunteer

Martin David Maki wrote many letters in Finnish when he was in Spain with the International Brigade. The letters were recently discovered, and thanks to Matti Mattson, the only man who could translate them because he knows both Finnish and the war, we have them now. Martin’s own handwritten story shows that he was...
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