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“Enterrado,” a memoir by Frank Pirie

September 18, 2011
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“Enterrado,” a memoir by Frank Pirie

I see many men jump out of doors and windows and dive into trenches: I follow quickly. I land on my hands and knees in the bottom of a four or five foot deep trench. I straighten out my legs and like down with my face on my crossed wrists. ...
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The Future of ALBA

September 18, 2011
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The Future of ALBA

Planning for your will and your legacy? The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade established their legacy with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Now you can continue their “good fight” by establishing a legacy gift to ALBA in your will. As a non-profit educational organization, 501(c)(3), ALBA can accept legacy gifts in any amount,...
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Caveat Lector: In the Archives

July 14, 2011
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Caveat Lector:  In the Archives

Over the years, I’ve had a chance to help a significant number of high school and college students and teachers wade into the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives.  Visitors are almost always taken by the immediacy of the primary sources contained in ALBA.  For folks used to the apparent omniscience and neutrality of history textbooks,...
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Blue Telegram From Spain

June 27, 2011
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Blue Telegram From Spain

The Dartmouth Alumni magazine just ran this tribute I wrote a long time ago to one of my undergraduate mentors, Robert Russell. I thought it might be of interest to you ALBA blog readers as well. Salud. Why Blue?
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Two Poems for Abe Osheroff

June 17, 2011
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Two Poems for Abe Osheroff

His life begins with the rain, and the soggy cushions / of a couch left by the landlord to die on a Brooklyn sidewalk / in the year 1930. His life begins at age fifteen, Abe / the high school wrestler straining the cords in his neck / to lift the couch with the...
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More Lincoln History on the Spanish Blog “FronteraD”

June 7, 2011
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More Lincoln History on the Spanish Blog “FronteraD”

A lovely evocation, in video and prose, of Harold Meloffsky, Ernie Arion, and Bernie Abramofsky (Aibel) by Spanish journalist Pablo Mediavilla, marred only by a gratuitous and puzzling swipe at NYU students.  Historical irony:  the recipient of most of the letters on which these evocations were based, was Miriam Sigel, mother of the NYU...
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On garbage trucks and tanks: Barcelona, 27 May 2011

May 27, 2011
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On garbage trucks and tanks:  Barcelona, 27 May 2011

I’ve been away for some days, and haven’t had time  to catch up with the press coverage of the 15-May movement in Spain.  But one of the messages I found in my cluttered inbox upon my return contained this link to photos of the violent disbandment of the peaceful protesters that took place today...
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Republican victims in Franco’s tomb not exhumed

May 12, 2011
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Republican victims in Franco’s tomb not exhumed

Contrary to earlier indications, the Spanish government has decided not to exhume the remains of an estimated 30,000 victims from the Valley of the Fallen, the massive monument that also serves as the tomb to former dictator Francisco Franco, The Daily Telegraph reported last week, because it would be "impossible" to match bones to...
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When the War Was Over: Remembering April 1, 1939

April 1, 2011
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When the War Was Over:  Remembering April 1, 1939

On this day, 1939, Franco declared victory over the Spanish Republic.  In this five-minute video, produced for the exhibition “Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War,”  several New Yorkers, including Lincoln vets Abe Osheroff and Abe Smorodin, remember that sad day. Video here:   When the War Was Over
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Treasures from the Archives (2): Pre-Mature Americans

March 31, 2011
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Treasures from the Archives (2):  Pre-Mature Americans

The socialization and assimilation of second generation children of immigrants promoted by World War II is a relatively well-known phenomenon.  Peter Carroll has argued that for many of the children-of-immigrant volunteers in the Lincoln Brigade, service in Spain was, in a complex way, a path towards Americanization.  This insight is powerfully borne out in...
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