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The Observer “Reviews” New IB Book

October 15, 2020
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The Observer “Reviews” New IB Book

Guardian Newspapers has published two reviews of the new book by Giles Tremlett, ‘The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War’. On Saturday 3 October, The Guardian’s review by Dan Hancox gave the following misleading impression: ‘The brigades drew an astonishing array of international literary figures – Orwell, Hemingway, Spender, Auden’. None of...
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A Focused Study on American Jewish Volunteers Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

October 6, 2020
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A Focused Study on American Jewish Volunteers Salud y Shalom: American Jews in the Spanish Civil War

The University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies added part of Dr. Joseph Butwin’s oral history project to its Digital Jewish Studies online collection in 2018.  Butwin noted that “initiative” for the project came the “Vets themselves.” The web pages discuss the project’s history and offers individual pages on five veterans: George Watt,...
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The Botwins Today By Irving Weissman

September 10, 2020
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The Botwins Today By Irving Weissman

Originally published in The Volunteer, V. 1, No. 1 1978. September 21, 1938, Hill 281, Sierra de Caballs. “The men of the Botwin and Shevchenko companies distinguished themselves in particular by their heroic defense of every inch of ground. They resisted to the last grenade when the enemy broke into their trenches. Nearly all...
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Destruction of History

September 3, 2020
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Destruction of History

Edward Muscala’s hastily scrawled graffiti on the wall of the Hermitage of San Gregoria de Aguaviva during the battle of Teruel was preserved by the town.  Ann Marti first reported on the inscription in her article In the Footsteps of the Lincoln-Battalion.  This relic of the war was recently spray painted by vandals. Town...
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On the Death of My Comrade Larry Cane (1915-1976) By Manny (Sam Nahman) Harriman

August 27, 2020
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On the Death of My Comrade Larry Cane (1915-1976) By Manny (Sam Nahman) Harriman

                            The Volunteer, Volume 1, No. 1, 1978.   I cried when I heard you died, Larry.   The tears flowed while rage racked my insides   How could you die Larry not you not yet we are almost there!  ...
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Black Vets in Spain By James Yates

August 20, 2020
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Black Vets in Spain By James Yates

Originally published in The Volunteer, Volume1, No. 1, 1978. In view of the importance of the ‘Yates Project’ – refer to letter, national mailing of March ’78 – we called James Yates with some last minute questions. He very kindly sent us some last minute answers. Without a doubt his is a ‘work’ that...
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Was Herbert Rathman A Veteran?

August 11, 2020
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Was Herbert Rathman A Veteran?

A long-time ALBA supporter contacted the office to inquire about a possible volunteer Herbert Rathman. In the mid-1960s, Rathman was the Science Chairman at Rhodes Preparatory School, a private school located at 11 West 54th Street in Manhattan.   Rathman had told his students that he was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and served...
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ALBA Stands in Solidarity

June 3, 2020
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ALBA Stands in Solidarity

ALBA wholeheartedly rejects white supremacy and racial inequality. We condemn the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the systemic police brutality in black communities throughout the United States.
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Perry Rosenstein (1926-2020)

April 25, 2020
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Perry Rosenstein (1926-2020)

We write in mourning for the loss of our dear friend, Perry Rosenstein, Founder and President of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., who passed away in Teaneck, NJ on April 3 after a brief struggle with the COVID-19 virus.
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Captured By The Fascists by Hy Wallach

April 17, 2020
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Captured By The Fascists by Hy Wallach

The Volunteer, Volume 5, No. 3. We were surrounded. We were assembled on a hill. It seemed hopeless – except that the Estado Mayor was with us. “They’ve gotten us out of tough spots before.” That was the general comment. I was particularly aware of Dave Doran (i) who seemed so calm and unperturbed...
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