Spain's Best Musical of 2014

Congratulations go to everyone involved in the writing and production of the International Brigades musical “Goodbye Barcelona” for winning the 2014 award for Best Musical in the Spanish Musical Theatre Awards. It also won Best Stage Director and Best Newcomer.    See:   With typical modesty co-writer Karl Lewkowicz said afterwards that he hoped […]

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30th anniversary of the miners' strike

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the epic miners’ strike of 1984/5. Here’s a poem written during the strike by International Brigader James Jump (1916-1990), in which he remembers George Jackson, a Cowdenbeath miner who was killed on 19 August, aged 28, during the Battle of the Ebro. The poem was first published in […]

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Minutes of 2014 Annual General Meeting

Here are the draft minutes of the IBMT AGM held at Ruskin College, Oxford, on 6 September. The minutes will go before the 2015 AGM for final approval. MinutesAGM2014.doc

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Successful Annual General Meeting in Oxford

There was standing room only at IBMT events in Oxford over the weekend, where the Trust held its AGM at Ruskin College on Saturday 6 September.   Pictured below (top picture) is part of the audience at the Gladiator Club, where a fundraising benefit was held on the Saturday night towards a memorial to the […]

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Documents for the 2014 IBMT annual general meeting

These two documents (the Executive Committee report and the financial report for 2013/14) will be presented to the 2014 IBMT AGM. The AGM will be held on Saturday 6 September from 3pm-5pm at Ruskin College, Dunstan Road, Old Headington, Oxford OX3 9BZ. All IBMT members are welcome. Check our 'Events' section for more information about […]

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Film of 2014 commemoration in London

Marshall Mateer has produced this 18-minute film about the IBMT’s annual commemoration at London’s Jubilee Gardens on 5 July:   Other IBMT videos, including one on the opening of the IBMT’s Newhaven Fort exhibition on 28 May, can be seen at   Pictured from the Marshall Mateer film are Na-mara (below) and Maddy […]

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Hans Landauer: the last Austrian volunteer

We mourn the death of Hans Landauer, the last Austrian International Brigade volunteer and member of the Ernst Thälmann Battalion in Spain. Hans died on 19 July 2014 at the age of 93. Following his return from Spain he was arrested by the Gestapo in Vienna and imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp. and remained […]

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Orwell, POUM and the 1937 Barcelona May Days

  This is the exchange of letters that has appeared in issues 36 and 37 of the IBMT Newsletter. Online comments are now closed. If you would like to add a comment, please send it to     Behaviour of the POUM bordered on treachery   Jim Jump’s report of the Len Crome Memorial […]

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Gert Hoffmann 1917-2014

  We mourn the passing of Austrian International Brigader Gert Hoffmann, who died on 9 July 2014, one month after his 97th birthday.   He was a veteran of the Ernst Thälmann Battalion of the XI International Brigade.   A family statement said: “His deepest wish was that we never forget the fallen, and that […]

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IBMT's 2014 commemoration on London's South Bank

For a slideshow of the IBMT's annual commemoration in London's Jubilee Gardens on 5 July click on any image here:  

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Remembering the International Brigades and the victims of Francoism

  One of Spain’s leading campaigners for justice for the tens of thousands of victims of Franco’s dictatorship will address the annual commemoration this Saturday (5 July 2014) for the British volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War as part of the legendary International Brigades.   Emilio Silva will attend the gathering on London’s […]

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Film of Newhaven Fort exhibition

  A nine-minute film by Marshall Mateer showing highlights of the opening of the IBMT’s permanent exhibition at Newhaven Fort, East Sussex, on 28 May can be seen here:     Stills of the event can be viewed on the IBMT Flickr page at    

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