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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Opening of Newhaven Fort exhibition

IBMT members are invited to attend the opening of a permanent exhibition about the International Brigades at Newhaven Fort [Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 9DS] on Wednesday 28 May 2014.    The programme begins at 12 noon. All those wishing to attend must notify the IBMT in advance in order to waive the normal […]

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Appeal launched for memorial in Oxford to Spanish Civil War volunteers

A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise a memorial to the International Brigade volunteers associated with Oxford who fought in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.  The initiative has the support of Oxford City Council and the Oxford & District Trades Union Council.    The city council and the trades union council are working […]

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Video of 2014 Len Crome Memorial Lecture

  Video report (9.41 mins) by Marshall Mateer of the IBMT’s conference on artists ‘Taking Sides’ on the Spanish Civil War held in Manchester on 1 March. Separate videos of all four lectures will be posted on the IBMT’s YouTube site in due course. Pictured here are speakers (clockwise from top) Carl-Henrik Bjerstrom, Jane Rogoyska, […]

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'Antifascistas' at Newhaven Fort

  The IBMT’s 'Antifascistas' exhibition, plus new audio-visual material, is now on permanent display at the Newhaven Fort Second World War visitors’ centre in Sussex. See for opening times and admission charges.  

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Jarama commemoration 2014

  Remembering Jack Edwards and Kit Conway   By Manus O’Riordan (IBMT Ireland Secretary)    On Friday 21 February 2014, the ashes of Liverpool International Brigader Jack Edwards (1914-2011) were scattered by his family on the Jarama battlefield outside Madrid, where he had fought and been wounded in action in February 1937. See for […]

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Coming soon: IBMT conference on artists and writers

    Taking Sides: Artists and Writers on the Spanish Civil War Saturday, 1 March 2014, 11am-5pm, Manchester Conference Centre (Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3BB) International Brigade Memorial Trust’s annual Len Crome Memorial Lecture   A public lecture day in Manchester on 1 March will focus on the wealth of outstanding literature, film, photography and […]

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