Interviews

“If Spain Became a Republic Once Again, We’d Have Lost the War a Little Less.” Georges Bartolí Remembers His Uncle Josep

August 27, 2020
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<em>“If Spain Became a Republic Once Again, We’d Have Lost the War a Little Less.”</em> Georges Bartolí Remembers His Uncle Josep

Among the hundreds of thousands of Spanish refugees who ended up in French concentration camps was the graphic artist Josep Bartolí, who would later become a well-known artist in Mexico and New York. His dramatic drawings of the Civil War and life in the camps are featured in a new book by his nephew,...
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Ramon Sender Barayón: A Pioneer in Music & Memory: An interview with Filmmaker Luis Olano

May 2, 2020
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Ramon Sender Barayón: A Pioneer in Music & Memory: An interview with Filmmaker Luis Olano

Ramon Sender Barayón is a pioneer of US counterculture and the son of Amparo Barayón, who was killed by fascists in the Spanish Civil War, and the novelist Ramón J. Sender. A new documentary by Luis Olano sheds light on his remarkable life.
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

August 26, 2019
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“A Photograph Doesn’t Lie”: Ricard Martínez & Susanna Muriel on Re-Photography and the Spanish Civil War

Revisiting a historic image to take a new photograph from the same point of view—the technique known as re-photography—opens up new avenues for research. It also helps redefine our relationship to the past and the future. What does rephotography look like in relation to the Spanish Civil War and Francoism? A conversation with Ricard...
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Giles Tremlett: “The International Brigades Were Not an Outfit of the Communist International—They Were Antifascists.”

August 26, 2019
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Giles Tremlett: “The International Brigades Were Not an Outfit of the Communist International—They Were Antifascists.”

Giles Tremlett, long-time correspondent in Madrid, is finishing a major new book on the 35,000 volunteers from all over the world who flocked to Spain to help defend the Second Spanish Republic against fascism.
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Peter Davis Revisits The Spanish Earth: “We are living a revival of fascism”

December 29, 2018
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Peter Davis Revisits <em>The Spanish Earth:</em> “We are living a revival of fascism”

In Digging the Spanish Earth, a veteran filmmaker pays tribute to Joris Ivens’s classic—while also revealing the curious circumstances under which Ivens made his film.
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Sara Brenneis: “The Memory of Spaniards in Concentration Camps Has Essentially Been Shut Out”

December 29, 2018
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Sara Brenneis: “The Memory of Spaniards in Concentration Camps Has Essentially Been Shut Out”

Few people know that the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Mauthausen was built by Spanish Republicans who were also its first inmates.
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“I’m Not a Theorist. My Vocation Is Biography”—Checking in with Sir Paul Preston

August 23, 2018
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“I’m Not a Theorist. My Vocation Is Biography”—<em>Checking in with Sir Paul Preston</em>

The British historian Paul Preston, who just turned 72, has been knighted—a good moment to look back on his career and assess the latest developments in Spain, where one of his major research subjects, Franco, continues to stir up controversy. “In Spain, there’s a kind of historic notion that the British are polite, gentlemanly,...
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“If There Ever Was a Time to Do a Better Job Teaching Civics, It’s Now”

July 1, 2018
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“If There Ever Was a Time to Do a Better Job Teaching Civics, It’s Now”

ALBA’s teaching partner in Massachusetts will be in charge of training the state’s teachers for the new social studies standards—which include a return to civics education and an explicit mention of the Spanish Civil War
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Rescue What We Can: Julio Llamazares and the Fight against Oblivion

November 19, 2017
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Rescue What We Can: Julio Llamazares and the Fight against Oblivion

Julio Llamazares was born in 1955 in Vegamián, a small town in the province of León, in the north of Spain, where his father worked as a teacher. In 1968, Vegamián disappeared from the map. Along with five other towns, it was submerged in a huge artificial lake. The Francoist state, allied with the...
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Antifascism in Ohio: Humanities Director Speaks Out

November 19, 2017
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Antifascism in Ohio: Humanities Director Speaks Out

Last August, in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Ohio Humanities issued a powerful letter condemning white supremacists who attacked antifascist protestors. We speak with Executive Director Pat Williamsen about the need for public humanists to take a stand. “America has forgotten itself.”
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