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Happy 100th birthday Max Levitas. The legendary anti-fascist campaigner and IBMT supporter became a centenarian on 1 June, and living proof that, as many on the left say, the struggle keeps you young. 

 

Family members of Merseyside International Brigaders held a get-together in Liverpool on 23 May at Jack Jones House, the Unite offices in the city. They are pictured here by the memorial plaque to the local volunteers. Convened by the IBMT, the meeting brought together family members and supporters of the International Brigaders to discuss activities to keep alive the memory of the 120 volunteers from Merseyside.

The University of Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona has published a free downloadable book about the International Brigades. In Spanish only, the eBook brings together more than 20 papers presented by various experts at a symposium held in Barcelona in October 2011 as part of a programme of activities to mark the 75th anniversary of the departure of the international volunteers from the city.

Our sister association in France, ACER, has sent us a dissertation by Bertrand Largeaud, a postgraduate student at the Sorbonne University, Paris, about the British volunteers in the International Brigades and the changing public perception of them over the past 80 years. ACER this year gave an award to the study, which is in French and can be downloaded here: bertrandlargeaud1.corpsdetexte.pdf

Oxford-based artists Sonia Boué and Jonathan Moss have produced this art film, ‘Without You I Would Not Exist’, about exile and the Spanish Civil War. Running for over 14 minutes, the film sees Sonia Boué use objects to explore the experience of her Spanish Republican father who first arrived to Oxfordshire to work in a Basque children's colony.

The fully restored memorial to the International Brigade volunteers from Reading was unveiled at its new location in Forbury Gardens on 10 May.

To mark VE Day and the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism, here's an extract from the current issue of the IBMT Newsletter (2-2015). Our photo shows Spanish Republican prisoners greeting Allied troops liberating the Mauthausen concentration camp in May 1945.

 

Justin Byrne looks forward to elections in Spain that will be a test both for the traditional two-party system and for new parties for ‘indignant’ voters.

 

Great footage in this new 6.5 min video about International Brigade hospitals in Cuenca province during the Spanish Civil War. The film was produced by the Cuenca Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYsdf7xe0fw

The latest issue of our magazine is now out. It’s sent free to all IBMT members. If you're reading this and not an IBMT member, you can join here: www.international-brigades.org.uk/membership  

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