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Update – The Passport Project

July 15, 2021
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Update – The Passport Project

With the submission of the August batch freedom of information act (FOIA) requests ALBA will have filed for over 1,000 passport records of American volunteers. Due to the ongoing pandemic responses to the submissions have been minimal. However, we did receive three responses this week. This is only the second batch received in the...
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New Photographs Added For Three Volunteers

March 19, 2021
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New Photographs Added For Three Volunteers

Due to the untiring work of Ray Hoff,  ALBA’s volunteer data base now has three new photographs. Hoff who identified and contacted family members of Isadore “Jack” Ehrenberg, and Robert Gavin and his younger brother Eugene Victor Gavin. These families provided the photographs.  Family members are encouraged to review the data entries and provide...
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Groundbreaking Pamphlet on African American Volunteers Now Online

March 13, 2021
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Groundbreaking Pamphlet on African American Volunteers Now Online

Veteran Joe Brandt’s pamphlet Black Americans in the Spanish People’s War Against Fascism. 1936-1939 was published by the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigades in 1979. It was the first attempt to document the history of African American volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.  The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and...
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New Mexico Volunteers – Mildred Rackley

March 25, 2020
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New Mexico Volunteers – Mildred Rackley

              The Albuquerque Museum hosted ALBA’s Shouts from the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Back from the Spanish Civil War from September 8, 1996 to October 27, 1996. Four biographical sketches were prepared to highlight volunteers from New Mexico.   Mildred Rackley (1906-1992) and the Spanish Civil...
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New Mexico Volunteers – Henry George Rauert

March 24, 2020
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New Mexico Volunteers – Henry George Rauert

            The Albuquerque Museum hosted ALBA’s Shouts from the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Back from the Spanish Civil War from September 8, 1996 to October 27, 1996. Four biographical sketches were prepared to highlight volunteers from New Mexico.   Henry George Rauert Passport address: 139 Candelaria, Santa...
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New Mexico Volunteers – Ralph Lawrence Neafus

March 23, 2020
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New Mexico Volunteers – Ralph Lawrence Neafus

                  The Albuquerque Museum hosted ALBA’s Shouts from the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Back from the Spanish Civil War from September 8, 1996 to October 27, 1996. Four biographical sketches were prepared to highlight volunteers from New Mexico. Ralph Lawrence Neafus Passport address: 110...
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New Mexico Volunteers – Virgil Ivan McCasland

March 22, 2020
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New Mexico Volunteers – Virgil Ivan McCasland

                  The Albuquerque Museum hosted ALBA’s Shouts from the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Back from the Spanish Civil War from September 8, 1996 to October 27, 1996. Four biographical sketches were prepared to highlight volunteers from New Mexico. Virgil Ivan McCasland Passport address: Tucumcari,...
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Passport Project

February 16, 2020
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Passport Project

On Monday March 2, 2020, we will request passport files for the last set of 26 volunteers in Phase One of the Freedom of Information Act Project. The project started in May 2018 with a request to Office of Legal Affairs and Law Enforcement Liaison, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services, United States Department...
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John Ramatowski Letters From Spain

February 1, 2020
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John Ramatowski Letters From Spain

Volunteer John Augustus Ramatowski was only 21-years old when he went missing in action during The Retreats in April 1938. Six of the numerous letters he wrote home were saved and passed down through the family. His letters were addressed to his older brother Adam and his family disclose his observations about France, Spain,...
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A Disturbing Trend in Recruitment

January 10, 2020
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A Disturbing Trend in Recruitment

  Most American volunteers demonstrated a high level of commitment during their voyage to Spain. While only a few turned back voluntarily, some were sent back.  Of those who were sent back, medical conditions were the most common reason, though some were sent back for political reasons.  Only three are known to have turned...
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