Author Archive for Nancy Wallach

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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Pau Casals: An artist who told the world the truth

March 5, 2014
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Pau Casals: An artist who told the world the truth

The visitor enters a small passageway leading to the 17 room Pablo Casals Museum in Vendrell, Spain, at once immersed in cello music and a voiceover narration from the diary of a young Casals. The music surrounds a display of some of the first instruments belonging to the artist.  This multisensory approach to the...
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ALB family members meet with Spanish Consul about Madrid monument

July 9, 2013
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ALB family members meet with Spanish Consul about Madrid monument

On July 8, a delegation organized by Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade met with Juan Ramón Martínez Salazar, the Consul General of Spain and Íñigo Ramírez de Haro Valdés, Attaché for Cultural Affairs, to follow up on the letter to the Ambassador protesting the removal of the IB monument in Madrid,...
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Ralph Fasanella: A More Perfect Union

June 19, 2013
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Ralph Fasanella: A More Perfect Union

Ralph Fasanella’s first gallery retrospective celebrates New York City’s bridges, skylines, and tenements; your neighbors, my neighbors, our memories and our aspirations.   These pictures draw you in to conversations.  You cannot help but stop to comment on them to your friends, the stranger next to you at the gallery, who will soon bond with...
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More IB monuments threatened

June 18, 2013
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More IB monuments threatened

At his Jaily News blog, Nacho García reports on the attempt to remove the monument to the International Brigades in Madrid, the monument to the Lincoln Brigades in New Hampshire which is now threatened with being auctioned, and the status of the monument to the Brigades in Burgos.   The Jaily News is inspired by and named...
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Lincoln’s Fundamental Creed: Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013)

March 15, 2013
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Lincoln’s Fundamental Creed: Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013)

Antonio Frasconi, the great graphic artist, illustrator, teacher and humanitarian, created this woodcut of the Lincoln Memorial, which resides in the nation’s capitol next to the famous words of the Gettysburg address, “That government, of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” He titled this 1956...
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Across the Pyrenees

March 10, 2013
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“Across the Pyrenees” is a presentation of the Walk Across the Pyrenees organized by British friends of the International Brigades. It follows the path of the volunteers as they stole into Republican Spain in the dead of night. Their goal was to defeat fascism in Spain before it spread into Europe. Three people from...
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Proposal for monument at San Pedro concentration camp turned down

February 28, 2013
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Proposal for monument at San Pedro concentration camp turned down

Nacho García serves on the Burgos Committee to Honor the International Brigades that is attempting to to install a monument to the Brigades on the grounds of San Pedro de Cardeña, the site of the former concentration camp. He reports here that, after a long delay, the local authorities have turned down requests...
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Our American Guernica: The enigma of Motherwell’s Elegies

September 15, 2012
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Our American Guernica: The enigma of Motherwell’s <em>Elegies</em>

What prompted the artist Robert Motherwell to devote over 40 years, from 1948 until his death in 1991, to a body of work entitled “Elegies to the Spanish Republic”?   Why did Motherwell, whom the noted critic Clement Greenberg considered “one of the very best of the Abstract Expressionist painters,” return to this theme in...
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Reclaiming Military Records of IB Prisoners

September 9, 2012
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Reclaiming Military Records of IB Prisoners

The words and deeds of the Lincoln Vets still Speak to a generation of present-day Spaniards.  I received an email during the last week of August from Nacho Garcia, a young Spaniard from Burgos who maintains a blog, The Jaily News, named after the underground newspaper written by the International Brigade prisoners who...
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