Honouring Teesside's Spanish Civil War heroes

Sean Cooney will be among several performers who will take part in events on the weekend of 6-8 October to remember the Teessiders who fought in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. The award-winning singer-songwriter and member of The Young'uns will sing and speak on Saturday afternoon (7 October) at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton. […]

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Remembering the Oldham and Rochdale volunteers

Dolores Long writes… IBMT members Graham Briggs and Robert Hargreaves have raised the profile of the International Brigades through their research into the 10 Oldham and nine Rochdale men who went to Spain.  Graham and Robert have given a series of very well-attended talks to history and community groups.  In addition, they have arranged for […]

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September issue Of IBMT magazine out to members

Issue 3-2023 of the IBMT digital magazine, ¡No Pasaran!, has gone out to all paid-up members by email. On the cover is Liam Turbett at the grave of Scottish International Brigader Robert Milton. Liam's book, Island Brigaders: Arran, Millport, and the fight against fascism in 1930s Spain, tells the story of three volunteers from isolated […]

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Clive Branson was also a poet

JIM JUMP reviews ‘The Selected Poems of Clive Branson’ edited by Richard Knott (Smokestack Books, 2023). International Brigader Clive Branson is best remembered today as an artist rather than a poet. Five of his paintings are in the Tate Gallery’s collections. A self-portrait is on the cover of this first anthology of his poems.  Several […]

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2023 Burston Strike School Rally

Megan Dobney reports from the annual rally in Norfolk. IBMT president Marlene Sidaway was one of the speakers at the 2023 Burston Strike School Rally on 3 September in Norfolk, sharing the platform with trade unionists, politicians and progressive entertainers. This annual rally celebrates the longest-running strike in British history, between 1914 and 1939. The […]

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The letters of Paul Wendorf

The letters home of American International Brigader Paul Wendorf* have just been published in Spain, writes NANCY PHILLIPS. Wendorf was her mother’s first cousin and her father’s best friend. His photo stood on the bookcase in her home for the first 10 years of her life. She has thought about him, on and off, all […]

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Miss Walker of Coventry and Northern Spain's 'Red Terror'

Novelist David Ebsworth is writing a guide to Spanish Civil War sites. Coming across a memorial in Santander to Franco supporters murdered by a pro-Republican mob prompted him to reflect on the violence committed in the war. While doing some further research about the War Routes of Northern Spain – Franco’s propaganda strategy to bring in […]

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At the KFSR annual meeting

Nancy Phillips reports from the KFSR international annual meeting in Berlin on 25-27 August… The annual meeting of our German comrades, Kämpfer und Freunde der Spanischen Republik 1936-1939 (KFSR) included guests from Spain, France, Italy, Ireland and the United States.  The subject of the meeting was the XII International Brigade, which was formed in Albacete […]

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Notice of AGM in Stockton-on-Tees, plus commemorative and social events

The IBMT’s 2023 Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 7 October, as part of a weekend of commemorative, educational and social activities in Stockton-on-Tees. Friday 6 October6:30pm: Drinks reception at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ to view International Brigade memorial. Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald to speak. With a flamenco ensemble or Spanish guitarist.7:30pm: […]

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Franco's fake news

Jim Jump reviews ‘Architects of Terror: Paranoia, Conspiracy and Anti-Semitism in Franco’s Spain’ by Paul Preston (HarperCollins, 2023). The review appears in the current issue of the IBMT magazine ¡No Pasarán! Before the Spanish Civil War began in July 1936 there were no more than 6,000 Jews living in Spain and the Communist Party was […]

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Serrat’s tribute to the international volunteers

Joan Manuel Serrat has been one of the most important singers and songwriters in the Spanish and Catalan languages for the past 50 years. His work has been influenced by the great Spanish poets of the 1930s, Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado and Miguel Hernández, whose tragic fates were decided by the Spanish Civil War. […]

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Her Spanish father was executed by the fascists

Daisy Fernández Price, a keen supporter of the IBMT with a remarkable but tragic family past connected to the Spanish Civil War, passed away on 30 July, aged 88. In tribute to her life we reprint this article about her that appeared in the 1-2017 issue of the IBMT’s magazine. It was written by current […]

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