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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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Update – The Passport Project

July 15, 2021
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Update – The Passport Project

With the submission of the August batch freedom of information act (FOIA) requests ALBA will have filed for over 1,000 passport records of American volunteers. Due to the ongoing pandemic responses to the submissions have been minimal. However, we did receive three responses this week. This is only the second batch received in the...
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2021 Memorial Day Tribute to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

July 2, 2021
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2021 Memorial Day Tribute to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

  A short video of the graves visited in 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 ever, included in the remembrances on this day. The Lincoln Battalion Memorial...
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ALBA Blog’s Spring/Summer SCW Non-Fiction Reading List by Chris Brooks and Lisa Clemmer

June 1, 2021
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ALBA Blog’s Spring/Summer SCW Non-Fiction Reading List by Chris Brooks and Lisa Clemmer

Few things can improve the pleasure of longer days and warm weather the way a good book does. Whether soaking up the sun or chilling in the A/C, pick up one, or all five, of these non-fiction works that center on or have a connection to the Spanish Civil War.   Dr. Ariel May...
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Memorial Day Tributes to Stanley Emil Blaskiewicz and Aubrey Kirby Kelley

May 28, 2021
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Memorial Day Tributes to Stanley Emil Blaskiewicz and  Aubrey Kirby Kelley

Beatriz Gomez-Acuna visited the grave of Canadian-American Stanley Emil Blaskiewicz (who post-war changed his name to Blake) in Chicago. Joe Roth visited Aubrey Kirby Kelley’s grave in Ryan, Texas and placed a Republican flag. Thank you both for taking the time to honor these American Volunteers. For those who may be interested in participating...
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Emil Meersand Memorial Day Tribute

May 25, 2021
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Emil Meersand Memorial Day Tribute

Blaine from Las Vegas visited Emil Meersand’s grave this week.  Thank you Blaine and thanks in advance to all the volunteers who will visit the graves over the next week. For more information about the project see Progress on Honoring Those Who Served in Spain. If you wish to participate you can still volunteer....
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First Memorial Day Tributes

May 23, 2021
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First Memorial Day Tributes

Raymond Hoff and Nancy Phillips’ nationwide project to honor the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade by placing Spanish Republican Flags and flowers on their graves is bearing fruit.  The first two visits were recently completed. Theron Snell completed a six-hour round trip to Roswell, New Mexico to visit veteran Joseph Vogel’s grave. Ken...
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Manus O’Riordan Writes about Paul Robeson

April 9, 2021
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Manus O’Riordan Writes about Paul Robeson

Manus O'Riordan, Ireland Secretary of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, writes about "The Radical Paul Robeson" and the Spanish Civil War in The Tribune. Read the article here.
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Progress On Honoring Those Who Served in Spain On Memorial Day by Raymond Hoff and Nancy Phillips

April 2, 2021
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Progress On Honoring Those Who Served in Spain On Memorial Day by Raymond Hoff and Nancy Phillips

Since 2014, volunteers have visited the graves of Lincolns and honored them on Memorial Day by putting down a simple white rose and an International Brigades flag.  This year, ALBA helped advertise this project through a link to the online version of the Volunteer Newsletter1.   The response from that approach has been rewarding and...
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