Author Archive for Nancy Wallach

Eddie O’Neill (1951-2021)

August 9, 2021
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Eddie O’Neill (1951-2021)

Eddie O’Neill was born in the same County Tyrone neighborhood as the poet Charlie Donnelly (1914-1937), who was killed in action at Jarama while serving as a platoon leader with the James Connolly Section of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. Inspired by the sacrifice of his fellow countryman and fellow Irish Socialist Republican, Eddie set...
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Kings and Pawns: Playing Chess in a Fascist Concentration Camp 83 Years Ago

August 1, 2021
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Kings and Pawns: Playing Chess in a Fascist Concentration Camp 83 Years Ago

“A prominent competitive player in the United States gave a series of lectures and played over famous games from the past. To hear him talking—in our squalid surroundings—with such knowledge about a game once played by Napoleon on the island of St. Helena, was an uplifting and inspiring experience.” In his memoir To...
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Photos Bear Witness to Defiance in the Face of Fascism: San Pedro de Cardeña, Burgos, Then and Now

December 1, 2018
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Photos Bear Witness to Defiance in the Face of Fascism:  San Pedro de Cardeña, Burgos, Then and Now

The National Library in Madrid has recently digitized over 100 photographs taken at San Pedro de Cardeña, the concentration camp for the International Brigade prisoners which the fascists established at the site of an abandoned monastery in Burgos. This startling photograph was taken during  April 1938, inside San Pedro, shortly following the fascist capture...
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Ronald Dellums (1936-2018)

August 23, 2018
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Ronald Dellums (1936-2018)

Ronald V. Dellums, a tireless advocate for peace, justice, and equality, served his Oakland, California district for 27 years in the House of Representatives. A vigorous supporter of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, he carried on their example when he stated, at the beginning of his career in Congress, that he was committed...
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Motherwell Revisited

January 5, 2016
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Motherwell Revisited

“Without ethical consciousness the audience is only sensual, one of aesthetes… without ethical consciousness, the painter is only a decorator,” declared Robert Motherwell, the creator of the monumental series “Elegy to the Spanish Republic”, which was recently on display at the Dominique Levy Gallery in NYC, where it ran from November 2015 through January...
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The Shelters of the Civil War

September 14, 2015
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The Shelters of the Civil War

The first thing you see as you approach the Civil War Shelters Museum on Gisbert Street in Cartagena are the trees growing out of the mountainside. Their unusual network of thick, exposed roots pushing out of the ground suggests that these ancient trees might have been around since the Bronze Age, witnessing Hannibal as...
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The IBMT Tour of the Aragon Front: Browne, Cornford & Heinemann

March 8, 2015
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The IBMT Tour of the Aragon Front: Browne, Cornford & Heinemann

Last October I joined the IBMT tour headed by Pauline Fraser and Charles Jepson, which took us along the trenches of Quito, the battle sites of Belchite, and included a visit to the new Battle of the Ebro Museum at Fayon.  In the spirit of the Brigades, we were truly an international group, comprised...
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Stained glass window to commemorate Belfast IBers

February 8, 2015
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Good news from Ireland: The International Brigade Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce that in cooperation with the Belfast City Council a stained glass window will be unveiled later this year to the men from Belfast who went to join the International Brigades in Spain and to the men and women who supported Spanish...
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Ireland pays tribute to IBers

September 27, 2014
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Ireland pays tribute to IBers

The voices of British Battalion’s Charlie Donnelly, Bob Doyle, John Cornford, Jim Haughey and Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria) were heard again at the Shankill Road Library in Belfast this August.  Moving readings of their poetry and memoirs were delivered by Marlene Sideway, IBMT President and actor, Dr. Sinead Morrissey, Belfast’s first poet Laureate, and...
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Belfast remembers N-Irish volunteers and ALBer

March 10, 2014
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Belfast remembers N-Irish volunteers and ALBer

On February 1, 2014 I had the honor of bringing fraternal greetings from ALBA to the International Brigades Commemoration Committee, where an overflow crowd met to honor these men from Belfast who joined common cause in the earliest battlefields in the war against fascism in Spain. The International Brigades Commemoration Committee exists to...
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