Travel blog on the Donnelly tribute

March 16, 2010

From Adam Schafer, on a Fulbright in Spain:

During my thesis research, I joined a listserv (e-mail newsletter) of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), based out of New York University. Advertised on this listserv was the amazing opportunity to meet up with some Brits, Irish and Spaniards in Madrid to mark the anniversary of two famous battles of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39): Jarama and Brunete. I jumped at the chance because studying an historical event in a library is one thing, but actually seeing where it all happened is quite another. I should say that this war often gets skipped over in history classes in favor of examining World War Two, so it was a refreshing site to see so many people who care about this historical moment.

The celebrations during the last weekend in February were to commemorate the Irish poet Charlie Donnelly (Charlie Donnelly) who fought for the Republic in the International Brigades.