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Gert Hoffmann, International Brigade veteran (1920 – 2014)

July 10, 2014
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Gert Hoffmann, International Brigade veteran (1920 – 2014)

On July 9, one month after his 97th birthday, Gert Hoffmann, passed on peacefully and safely at home in Austria. Gert joined the International Brigade in 1938.  Upon the defeat of the Spanish Republic he, along with some 400,000 Spanish, crossed the border into France where they found themselves interned on the beaches in...
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Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

June 13, 2014
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Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

  The actress and activist Ruby Dee, a long-time friend of the veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, passed away this week at age 91. From her obituary in the New York Times: Ms. Dee went from being a disciple of Paul Robeson to starring with Mr. Poitier on Broadway. She was a featured player in the...
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John Hovan (1916-2014): Citizen of Spain and the world

June 12, 2014
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John Hovan (1916-2014): Citizen of Spain and the world

John Hovan, one of the first veterans of the Lincoln Brigade to take advantage of the Spanish law granting citizenship to foreign volunteers of the International Brigades, died in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 27. He was 97.
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Pete Seeger: Veteran of the Good Fight (1919-2014)

March 21, 2014
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Pete Seeger: Veteran of the Good Fight (1919-2014)

Pete Seeger, the most important progressive musician of his generation, and the most revered, died of natural causes on January 28. He was 94. He was a faithful friend of VALB and ALBA for sixty years. His legendary Songs of the Lincoln Battalion came out in 1944. “As long as I live,” he said...
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Carlos Blanco: Critical thinker from the margins

December 20, 2013
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Carlos Blanco: Critical thinker from the margins

Along with thousands others, Carlos Blanco left Spain defeated but managed to preserve what is most admirable of the Spanish Republican values at the core of his identity, and to return them to the world through his actions.
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Carlos Blanco Aguinaga (1926-2013): An exile’s fiction

December 19, 2013
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Carlos Blanco Aguinaga (1926-2013): An exile’s fiction

Carlos Blanco Aguinaga, a preeminent scholar of Spanish literature, a refugee of the Spanish Civil War, and a great friend of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and ALBA, died on September 11. A prolific, rigorous and charismatic scholar, he helped reshape the field of Hispanic Studies in the United States and Spain.
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Witness of the last day on the line: A biography of Harold Hoff

September 16, 2013
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Witness of the last day on the line: A biography of Harold Hoff

Harold Smith Hoff was born in Kansas in 1906 and moved with dust-bowl refugees to El Centro California with his father, a Church of the Brethren Elder. In 1920, the family gave up farming and moved to Glendora CA. Harold attended Citrus Union High School and had one year of college at LaVerne College...
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Gervasio Puerta (1921-2013)

August 17, 2013
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Gervasio Puerta (1921-2013)

From Spain we have received the sad news of the passing of Gervasio Puerta, vice-president of the Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales (AABI), who dedicated his entire life to the struggle for justice and against fascism. As a fifteen-year old boy, Gervasio lied about his age in order to join the Republican...
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Toshi Seeger passes away

July 11, 2013
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Toshi Seeger passes away

We have just received the sad news that Toshi Seeger, Pete Seeger’s wife, passed away on July 9. Mark Moss at singout.org writes: She was a mother, an organizer, an activist and filmmaker … and an essential part of all of her husband’s work. She was 91. As much as Pete is a consummate...
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Remembering Marcus Billings

June 20, 2013
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Remembering Marcus Billings

Marcus Judson Billings was born on June 10, 1914 in Redlands, California to O. S. Billings, a printer and the former Francis Devore, a housewife. He grew up in Redlands and graduated from Redlands High School.
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