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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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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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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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The Flight by Sidney Kaufman

April 10, 2020
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The Flight by Sidney Kaufman

The Volunteer, V. 5, N. 3 Editor’s note:  Here are more excerpts from the log which Sid Kaufman kept in the last days of the war. You will remember, from the transcript of his tape which we printed in our last issue, that Sid got out of Spain much later than most of us....
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Lister, People’s Soldier, Raised to Rank of Lieut.-Col. by New Government Decree – Unattributed

March 1, 2020
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Lister, People’s Soldier, Raised to Rank of Lieut.-Col. by New Government Decree – Unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty January 13, 1938 Enrique Lister, commander of the famous division that bears his name, has been promoted from the rank of major to that of lieutenant-colonel. His elevation is the first to take place under the new decree of the Ministry of Defense, which changes the rule that men who...
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Pledge of the International Brigade Soldier – Unattributed

January 17, 2020
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Pledge of the International Brigade Soldier – Unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, January 13, 1938 (This pledge was taken by the 15th Brigade Training Camp soldiers on January 1, 1938.) We promise, on this New Year’s day, to renew our Pledge: With all our hearts, we shall fight until we win our Victory over fascism. We shall carry out our duties in...
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American Volunteers by Unattributed

January 3, 2020
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American Volunteers by Unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, Vo. II, No. 2, January 13, 1938 The month of January is an especially significant month for Americans in Spain. It was on January 2, 1937 – a year ago – that the first large group of American volunteers set foot on Spanish soil. Reaching Albacete four days later they...
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Christmas at the Brigade by unattributed

December 27, 2019
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Christmas at the Brigade by unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, v. 2, no. 2, January 13, 1938 In case any of the folks at home paused in the middle of their Christmas dinners to have a few sober thoughts about the boys in Spain, they will be glad to know that the boys had a vey good time. The Brigade...
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Ricardo Diaz of the Mac-Paps by unattributed

December 20, 2019
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Ricardo Diaz of the Mac-Paps by unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, Special 15, April 9, 1938, p. 2. When I asked Capt. Diaz to give me his life story, he smiled and said it was unimportant. This time Capt. Diaz was wrong. The lives of all anti-fascists are important in these decisive days, especially those who have proved themselves...
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