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The Cup of Free Spain: A Republican Memory Restored

May 18, 2023
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The Cup of Free Spain: A Republican Memory Restored

After a yearslong campaign in the face of official resistance, a working-class Spanish soccer club can finally claim the cup they rightfully won during the civil war.
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The Musical Conscience of Bruce Barthol (1947-2023)

May 18, 2023
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The Musical Conscience of Bruce Barthol (1947-2023)

Bruce Barthol, a fixture at the ALBA/VALB reunions, was the unapologetic, rebellious, musical heart of the Tony award-winning, never silent, always revolutionary San Francisco Mime Troupe. With sardonic wit, cutting sarcasm, a vast knowledge of history, and a broad understanding of everything political, Bruce Barthol wrote lyrics that outraged, broke hearts, and inspired. A...
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The Birth and Long Life of “Peat Bog Soldiers”: Notes on a 90-Year Anniversary

May 18, 2023
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The Birth and Long Life of “Peat Bog Soldiers”: Notes on a 90-Year Anniversary

Few of songs in the antifascist repertoire became as popular as the “Song of the Peat Bog Soldiers,” written ninety years ago at the Börgermoor concentration camp. A history.
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Faces of ALBA: “Students Are Drawn to Antifascism”–Michael Koncewicz

May 17, 2023
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<em>Faces of ALBA:</em> “Students Are Drawn to Antifascism”–Michael Koncewicz

For close to ten years, the historian Michael Koncewicz, the Michael Nash Research Scholar at Tamiment Library, worked with the ALBA collection on a daily basis. In April, he left the library to become Associate Director at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. The author of They Said No To Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up...
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Musical Legacies of the Spanish War: The Strange Case of Gaspar Cassadó

February 17, 2023
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Musical Legacies of the Spanish War: The Strange Case of Gaspar Cassadó

While the cellist Pablo Casals became an international symbol for Catalan culture and anti-Franco resistance, the reputation of his pupil Gaspar Cassadó is limited to the music world, and his national roots are often overlooked. Cassadó’s reputation never fully recovered from a public fallout with his maestro.
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Liberating Palestine in Spain: Novel on Palestinian Arab Volunteers in the IB

February 17, 2023
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Liberating Palestine in Spain: Novel on Palestinian Arab Volunteers in the IB

Framing its protagonist’s journey to defend Spanish freedom as an extension of Palestinian Arab resistance at home, Hussein Yassin’s novel sheds light on the turbulent history and the political and social contexts of pre-1948 Mandatory Palestine.
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Legacies of the Civil War and Francoism: Ethics in Journalism and the Classroom

February 17, 2023
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Legacies of the Civil War and Francoism: Ethics in Journalism and the Classroom

When Cora Cuenca, an ALBA workshop alumna, teaches journalism to undergraduates in Seville, she invites them to consider the Spanish Civil War in personal terms. The legacies of the war, she writes, continue to weigh on Spain: “Education is political. There are no gray areas when dealing with fascism.”
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Human Rights Column: Building Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

<em>Human Rights Column:</em> Building Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Twenty-seven years after the Dayton Peace Accords ended the bloody war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ethnic tensions in the region have been etched into law. The Center of Peacebuilding builds bridges through interethnic dialogue.
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Why Does the Spanish Right Want to “Recover the Historical Memory” of Sephardic Jews?

November 19, 2022
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Why Does the Spanish Right Want to “Recover the Historical Memory” of Sephardic Jews?

Spanish conservatives who have rejected any accounting for Francoist crimes are nevertheless willing to make amends with the descendants of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled five centuries ago. The contradiction is only apparent.
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Jeff Chang: “The Lincoln Brigade’s Example Is Poignant and Inspiring”

November 18, 2022
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Jeff Chang: “The Lincoln Brigade’s Example Is Poignant and Inspiring”

Here is the keynote address that Jeff Chang gave at ALBA's 2022 Bay Area Gala. Click here to see the videorecording.
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