75th Anniversary of IB Remembered by Fife Trades Union Members

September 13, 2012

The 75th Anniversary of the founding of the International Brigades was celebrated by Fife Trades union members in Scotland earlier this month.  Union members lay a wreath at the foot of an International Brigade memorial dedicated in 1987 to the 46 Fife volunteers.

And Councillor Willie Clarke described the volunteers as working-class heroes: “The soldiers and nurses who travelled from the towns and pit villages of Fife knew that fascism did not stop at national boundaries. . . . They reflected all the struggles faced by working people in Scotland at the time: unemployment, industrial victimisation, poverty. But they also reflected the determination of working people to organise and to fight for a better life,” he stated.

A quarter of the 549 volunteers from Scotland never returned.

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