“My Brother’s Keeper” Wins ALBA/Puffin Award—Gala on May 2

February 4, 2021
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“My Brother’s Keeper” Wins ALBA/Puffin Award—Gala on May 2

On May 2, the eleventh ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism will be awarded to My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), a private, non-profit organization based in Mississippi that works to improve the health and well-being of minority and marginalized populations in the United States. (Press release.)
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Upcoming Events: Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series, Film Screening, and More

February 4, 2021
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Upcoming Events: Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series, Film Screening, and More

Join us on Sunday, February 21 at 5pm ET for the inaugural event of the Perry Rosenstein Cultural Series—a roundtable discussion on African American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, whose stories are told in the documentary Invisible Heroes.
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They Still Draw Pictures—an online interactive workshop

February 4, 2021
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They Still Draw Pictures—an online interactive workshop

ALBA’s first event of the year was an interactive workshop featuring the beautiful and heart-rending art of children in wartime. Over 40 people joined two separate sessions conducted by ALBA’s in-house experts, Professors Jo Labanyi (NYU) and Anthony Geist (University of Washington). More information...
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ALBA Launches Second Online Teacher Workshop

February 4, 2021
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ALBA Launches Second Online Teacher Workshop

ALBA’s second online institute for teachers, titled “The United States and World Fascism,” offered in conjunction with the Massachusetts-based Collaborative for Educational Service, began in late January and will...
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News from the Tamiment Library

February 4, 2021
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News from the Tamiment Library

The Tamiment Library will remain closed during the spring 2021 semester due to New York University’s COVID-19 protocols. We are not able to schedule any in-person appointments for external...
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Letter from ALBA: Lessons from the Past Year

February 4, 2021
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Letter from ALBA: Lessons from the Past Year

Dear Friends, The two main lessons to draw from the last 12 months are not particularly new—but they are crucial nonetheless. First, healthcare is a public good and should...
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Never More Alive: Kate Mangan’s Spanish Memoir

February 4, 2021
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Never More Alive: Kate Mangan’s Spanish Memoir

One of the most compelling first-person accounts in English from the Spanish Civil War languished in the archives for more than 80 years. Artist and model Kate Mangan (1904-77) was a keen observer of character with a sharp nib on her pen. After traveling to Spain in 1936 in search of her lover, Jan...
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Baltasar Garzón: “There’s Nothing More Dangerous Than Friendly Fire.”

February 4, 2021
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Baltasar Garzón: “There’s Nothing More Dangerous Than Friendly Fire.”

Judge Garzón, the crusading Spanish magistrate and first recipient of the ALBA/Puffin Award, looks back on his turbulent career. “The truth is that my ideas have not changed much.” No Spanish judge has had as many admirers around the world as Baltasar Garzón—the Spanish...
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Voices from the Spanish Earth

Voices from the Spanish Earth

The Volunteer is proud to present these translated excerpts and images from Las voces de la tierra, a new book in which thirty-three writers pen brief texts about everyday objects recovered during the exhumations of the mass graves of Franco’s victims. The photographs are...
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The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War in U.S. History Textbooks

February 4, 2021
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The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War in U.S. History Textbooks

How do the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the broader American response to the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 appear in introductory college-level United States history textbooks? A survey of...
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Book Review: Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

February 4, 2021
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<em>Book Review:</em> Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust

Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust: History and Representation, edited by Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2020.
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Book Review: Franco’s Soldiers

February 4, 2021
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<em>Book Review:</em> Franco’s Soldiers

Soldados de Franco. Reclutamiento forzoso, experiencia de guerra y desmovilización militar, by Francisco J. Leira Castiñeira. Madrid: Siglo XXI, 2020.
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Book Review: Paul Robeson’s Story for Children

February 4, 2021
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<em>Book Review:</em> Paul Robeson’s Story for Children

Grandpa Stops A War: A Paul Robeson Story, by Susan Robeson. Illustrated by Rod Brown. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2020.
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Letter to the Editors: (De)Politicizing the Spanish Civil War

February 1, 2021
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Letter to the Editors: (De)Politicizing the Spanish Civil War

To the Editors: Prof. Helen Graham’s “Why Do So Many Historians Fail to Understand the War in Spain” (December 2020) is a patent attempt to de-politicize the reasons behind...
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Honoring Lincoln Brigade Veterans in May 2021

February 4, 2021
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Honoring Lincoln Brigade Veterans in May 2021

Memorial Day is the day traditionally set aside to remember Americans who served in the military. And, yet, Americans who went to Spain to fight fascism are rarely, if...
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In Search of Morton Vicker by Louis Segal

November 20, 2020
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In Search of Morton Vicker by Louis Segal

I am searching for information about Morton ‘Vic’ Vicker.  I have reason to believe he was in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War.  I did not meet Vic until...
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A Focused Study on American Jewish Volunteers Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

October 6, 2020
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A Focused Study on American Jewish Volunteers Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

The University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies added part of Dr. Joseph Butwin’s oral history project to its Digital Jewish Studies online collection in 2018.  Butwin noted...
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Black Vets in Spain By James Yates

August 20, 2020
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Black Vets in Spain By James Yates

Originally published in The Volunteer, Volume1, No. 1, 1978. In view of the importance of the ‘Yates Project’ – refer to letter, national mailing of March ’78 – we...
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