Message from the AABI International Brigades friendship group in Madrid…
We only have two weeks to go until Jarama weekend, and we would like to invite you to attend the events we have organised for the days before and after the March. Please find below the revised programme for February 19th to 22nd, which includes a change in the starting time for the Ateneo event, on Friday 20th at 17:30, in the Nueva Estafeta room.
For those interested in the Memorial March, and in order to have some background information on the battle that took place on the grounds we will be covering, we attach a document with the testimonies of some veterans from the Battle of Jarama.
We also attach the 3 poems that will be read during the March, together with the lyrics for the songs that the Choir of the International Brigades will sing. If you would like to start practising these songs, here are some links:
Thaelman Column https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OTytJYP9hE
Jarama Valley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTDzjYNJZ0Q
International Brigades Anthem (German version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT7CvLJx_Ek
(Spanish version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAMWVdwxlqE
Good news: A memorial to the General Mansurov, Russian hero in the SWW and Military Soviet Adviser in the SCW, will be launched at Fuenlabrada (South of Madrid) on Monday 16th February. We thanks to the Osetian friends who made possible this tribute to this volunteer of the Spanish Republican Army.
Salud y República
78th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama
Thursday 19 February. Screening of Goodbye Barcelona
18:15 Biblioteca Marqués de Valdecilla (Calle Noviciado, 3. Metro Noviciado). The autor, Karl Levkovic, will take part in the act.
Friday 20 February. Homage in Tarancón to the Scottish volunteers.
10:45 Bus leaves from Hotel Agumar (Paseo de la Reina Cristina, 7) for Tarancón.
12:00 Ceremony to honour the Scottish and other volunteers buried in Tarancón, held at the local Cemetery.
17:30 Presentation of the 8th Memorial March to Jarama, and Award Ceremony for the Third Annual Essay Competition for second level Students in Ireland about the International Brigades, held at the Ateneo cultural institution (Calle Prado, 21).
Saturday 21 February. Jarama Memorial March
8:45 Buses depart from Hotel Agumar (Paseo de la Reina Cristina, 7) for the starting point of the Memorial March in Jarama Valley.
9:30 Memorial March begins at the car park in Restaurante El Alto (Km. 5 of road M-311, road from Arganda bridge to Chinchón)
13:00 Ceremony of homage to the AntiFascist volunteers who fought at the Battle of Jarama. Held at km. 5 of road M-302, road from San Martín de la Vega bridge to Morata de Tajuña.
14:30 Fraternity meal at Mesón El Cid, in Morata de Tajuña.
18:00 Return to Hotel Agumar.
Sunday 22 February. Homage to the International Brigades in the University City in Madrid
11:00 Memorial walk from Moncloa (see map below) to the Monument to the International Brigades in the University City.
12:30 Ceremony of homage to the International Brigades at the Monument