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The third in a series of online panel discussions on historical memory and anti-fascism in the 20th century was held on 22 June over Zoom and is available to stream now.

The Good Comrade

Tony Fox reviews ‘The Good Comrade: Memoirs of an International Brigader’ by Jan Kurzke, with an introduction by Richard Baxell and an afterword by Charlotte Kurzke (The Clapton Press, 2021).

Harry Stratton and comrades

Harry Stratton (1905-1989) was an International Brigader, and taxi driver by trade from Swansea, who drew cartoons, scribbled notes and collected stamps and newspaper clippings during his time in Spain, as well as in his later service during the Second World War. Stratton preserved these ephemera in extensive scrapbooks, which his son Les Stratton has shared with the IBMT, along with a biography.

Madge Addy

Chris Hall introduces his upcoming biography of Madge Addy, a Manchester nurse who served alongside the International Brigades in Spain and went on to work as a British agent in Nazi-occupied France. ‘The Nurse Who Became a Spy: Madge Addy’s War Against Fascism’ is available from Pen & Sword this summer.

Major Attlee Company

This autumn will see the launch of a major new education initiative by the IBMT in a partnership with the history department of Leeds University. The plan is for second-year history students at the university to draw up secondary school teaching materials on the Spanish Civil War and International Brigades.

Noel and Anthony

Colin Carritt tells the story of his father Noel (1911-1992) and uncle Anthony (1914-1937). These two brothers from Oxford left behind their comfortable lives to fight fascism in Spain, one of them making the ultimate sacrifice.

Crew of the Eolo

Eighty-five years ago this month, a wave of strikes hit Spanish ships in British ports, as crews demanded pay increases that the new government of the Spanish Republic had decreed. The strikes served as a prelude to the Spanish Civil War.

AkingChan

Hwei-Ru Ni is co-author of the pioneering 'The Call of Spain: The Chinese volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)'. Here she writes about Aking Chan, the only Chinese volunteer who came to Spain directly from China, using new information drawn from the manuscripts of Basque militia fighter Luis Ariznabarreta.

RememberingInATimeofLockdown

IBMT Film Coordinator Marshall Mateer gives an update on the ‘Remembering in a Time of Lockdown’ project which can be viewed on the IBMT's Flickr page.

Paul Robeson in Madrid

IBMT Ireland Secretary Manus O’Riordan has written about the pioneering black singer, actor and lifelong radical Paul Robeson for Tribune magazine online. Reproduced here are passages detailing Robeson’s support for the Spanish Republic and solidarity with the International Brigades.

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