The Volunteer December 2014

Post date: 18/12/2014

From our US friends in ALBA comes news that the December 2014 issue of their magazine, The Volunteer, is now online, at featuring:

NEW: Read the print edition in PDF on ISSUU



ALBA Institutes draw more than 80 teachers 

More than 80 high school teachers from New York City and New Jersey participated in back-to-back ALBA institutes during the first week of November. As in most ALBA classrooms, the majority of teachers work in Social Studies—including US History, World History, and Government—but these groups also had significant numbers of Spanish teachers. Brooklyn’s Abraham... Read more »


Human Rights Film Festival stirs debate 

By Rodolfo Graziano

ALBA granted the first Harry Randall Award to the documentary 1971, a startling portrait of the civilians who uncovered Hoover’s secret FBI. Read more »


Bay Area honors Pete Seeger & Equal Justice 

By The editors

On a sunny October Sunday, the city of Berkeley still buzzing about the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, many alumni of that good fight, together with family and friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, came to the Freight & Salvage Coffee House... Read more »


Two students win George Watt Essay Award 

By Gina Herrmann


The Watt Prize awards excellence in student writing about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the struggle against fascism, or the lifetime histories of the Americans who fought in Spain. Read more »


Letter from ALBA: Spread the word

By The editors

It was thrilling to receive such positive responses to our September issue, featuring Pablo Iglesias, the 36-year-old political scientist who may well be Spain’s next Prime Minister. (Even Pablo... Read more »


In memory of Paul Sigel (1915-1938) 

ALBA is deeply honored by our donors’ confidence and profoundly grateful for their generosity. Read more »


ALBA announces matching gift program 

By Sebastiaan Faber

Double your donation! As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, ALBA is eligible for many employers’ matching gifts programs. Many companies sponsor matching gift programs that allow their employees to... Read more »


Including ALBA in your will 

Making gifts to ALBA in your will is an important source of funding to continue our work. A gift in your will keeps our educational programs growing in the... Read more »



The politics of Spanish resistance: Carrillo in France, 1944 

By Paul Preston

Paul Preston’s new biography of Santiago Carrillo, the legendary Spanish Communist leader, stirred up serious controversy when it came out in Spain last year. In this exclusive excerpt, Preston recounts Carrillo's involvement in the 1944 attempt to invade Spain from France. Read more »


Mind-boggling lies: Preston on Carrillo

By Sebastiaan Faber

Preston’s revealing exposé of Carrillo’s ruthless rise to power within the Party—a career strewn with lies, crimes, and betrayals—destroyed the positive image that Carrillo had managed to build in the wake of the democratic Transition.  Read more »


The Spaniards who helped liberate Paris

By Sebastiaan Faber

Graphic novelist Paco Roca worked with ALBA’s Bob Coale to chronicle the odyssey of “La Nueve,” the company of Spanish Republicans who fought the Nazis with General LeClerc.  Read more »


Archaeology and memory in Spain

By Ashley Ellington

Following the Spanish Civil War, the victorious dictator Francisco Franco used archaeology to legitimate his power as well as the official history of the war. Today, many Spanish people... Read more »


Minnesota volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

By Fletcher Warren

Snow flurries whipped through the freezing air as 22-year-old Clarence Forrester crunched his way through the snow from the Minneapolis Auditorium, thoughts of a much warmer land an ocean... Read more »


Faces of ALBA: Dale Hueber

By Aaron B. Retish

Florida educator Dale Hueber did not follow the usual path to teaching history.  Read more »



Book Review: Hotel Florida

By Katherine Stafford

Amanda Vaill. Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. Read more »


Book Review: Memories of Basque exile

By Nagore Sedano

Arantza Cazalis Shuey, Growing Up in a Time of War. Memoirs of a Young Basque girl’s thirteen-year Odyssey as a refugee of the Spanish Civil War. Third Place Press,... Read more »


Book Review: The Stranger in the Attic

By Chris Brooks

John Kedzie Jacobs,The Stranger in the Attic: Finding a Lost Brother in His Letters Home (Lexington, KY: Jacobs, 2013). Read more »

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