‘Spain is an unsung song’

by Veljko Vlahović With thanks to Georgia Weaver and Ray Hoff for suggesting and providing this extract from Veljko Vlahović's ‘Spanija, 1936-1939’… Spain is not just a piece of time in the lives of those who fought on its soil. Spain is neither a random storm of history, nor its caprice. It is neither a […]

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Spain in the European civil war: online conference

This year’s Len Crome Memorial Conference will be an online conversation between leading historians of the Spanish Civil War, Helen Graham and Paul Preston, with Richard Baxell in the chair. Organised by the IBMT, the free event takes place on Saturday 11 November 2023 from 2pm-3.30pm. Register here. It is generally understood that the war […]

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IBMT 2023 raffle winners

The draw for the IBMT’s 2023 No Pasarán online raffle took place on Saturday, 7 October 2023 during the post-AGM social at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees. Congratulations to all the winners – their prizes are on their way! First prize – £500 cashWinner John Haywood John has generously donated his prize to the IBMT – thank […]

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The 'extraordinary' men from Teesside who went to Spain

Here's the speech given by IBMT Chair Jim Jump at the commemoration on 7 October 2023 at the memorial to the International Brigaders from Stockton-on-Tees… It’s a great honour to be able say a few words here on behalf of the IBMT during this our Annual General Meeting weekend in Stockton-on-Tees. This is a town […]

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Greetings for the IBMT's Annual General Meeting

Held in Stockton-on-Tees on Saturday 7 October 2023, the IBMT’s AGM received these messages from sister organisations… AABI – Asociación de Amigos de las Brigadas Internacionales We send you our fraternal greetings from Spain. The working class understood very clearly back then who was the oppressed and who was the oppressor, and they did not […]

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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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