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Hundreds of people are expected to attend the annual gathering on London’s South Bank this Saturday (4 July 2015) to pay respects to the legendary International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.

 

IBMT member Colin Carritt will be pedalling the 150 miles from Edinburgh to Aberdeen for the IBMT’s 2015 Annual General Meeting on 17 October

An hour-long interview with celebrated film director Ken Loach was screened on BBC 4 last night (14 June 2015). Among the films singled out for discussion was “Land and Freedom” (1995), his only film about the Spanish Civil War. 

 

London-based journalist and IBMT member Dan Carrier has posted on YouTube a rough cut of a video diary of his trek across the Pyrenees, following in the footsteps of the International Brigade volunteers – including his great uncle Nat Cohen. The film runs for 1hr 5mins. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NxBNEi63VA

Several IBMT members travelled to Hamburg for the annual “Anti-Fascist Harbour Event” over the last last weekend in May. Organised by members of our sister organisation in German, the KFSR, the multi-national group visited notable sites linked to the anti-Nazi resistance.

This year’s commemoration at the International Brigade memorial in London’s Jubilee Gardens (Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX) will be held on Saturday 4 July. Speakers include Owen Jones. There will be music from Ewan McLennan and Karl Lewkowicz and poetry from Francesca Beard. Wreaths will be laid at the memorial. All welcome – bring your union banner.

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

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