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Judith Montell (1930-2020)

August 27, 2020
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Judith Montell (1930-2020)

Judith Montell, prize-winning documentary filmmaker and long-time member of the ALBA Board of Governors, passed away on May 23 after a long illness. Her best-known film was surely Forever Activists: Stories of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991. She also directed shorter films dealing with...
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Chato Galante (1948-2020)

August 27, 2020
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Chato Galante (1948-2020)

José María “Chato” Galante passed away on March 29, 2020, in Madrid, Spain, due to coronavirus, following treatment for lung cancer. Chato was a lifelong activist fighting for justice for victims of Spain’s Franco dictatorship and was one of the protagonists in The Silence of Others, by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar.  
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Famed 9th Company of the Leclerc Division Loses Its Last Spanish Veteran

June 2, 2020
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Famed 9th Company of the Leclerc Division Loses Its Last Spanish Veteran

Recognition of the presence of Spanish Loyalists in the French Army over the last 15 years has unfortunately led to the propagation of numerous myths.
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Honoring Spanish Civil War Vets on Memorial Day

May 2, 2020
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Honoring Spanish Civil War Vets on Memorial Day

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. We would like to change this. Over the last two years, Canadian volunteers led by Pamela Vivian,...
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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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Herbert Freeman (1924-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Herbert Freeman (1924-2019)

Herbie (Herbert W.) Freeman, 95, died November 1, 2019 in Tucson, AZ, surrounded by family. Herbie was born in Brooklyn, on October 28, 1924, to Samuel and Vishe (Feigenblatt) Freeman. His older brother, Jack, was killed while fighting in Spain with the International Brigades for the Spanish Republic when Herbie was only 14. Herbie...
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Ascensión Mendieta (1925-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Ascensión Mendieta (1925-2019)

Ascensión Mendieta, whose father Timoteo, a labor activist from Guadalajara, was killed by the Franco regime shortly after the end of the Spanish Civil War, in November 1939, passed away on September 16. She was 93 years old. In the last years of her life, Ms. Mendieta became a symbol of the quest for...
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Barbara Probst Solomon (1928-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Barbara Probst Solomon (1928-2019)

In 1948, three young activists rescued two Spanish students from the Francoist labor camp at Cuelgamuros, outside of Madrid, where prisoners of war were building the monument that would later become known as the Valley of the Fallen. They were Paco Benet, the brother of the Spanish novelist Juan Benet; Barbara Mailer, the sister...
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Gabriel Jackson (1921-2019)

December 15, 2019
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Gabriel Jackson (1921-2019)

Gabe Jackson, who served for many years on ALBA’s Board and Honorary Board of Governors, passed away this November 3, at the age of 98.
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William Loren Katz (1927-2019)

November 19, 2019
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William Loren Katz (1927-2019)

With the passing of William Loren Katz, the world has lost a great historian and educator. Katz helped reshape the way American history is taught, publishing over 40 books on African American, Native American, and progressive history and editing two major series totaling over 200 books on anti-slavery resistance and African American thought. His lifetime...
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