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Amanda Richards of the George Brown Memorial Committee reports on her visit in June to Villanueva de la Cañada, north-west of Madrid, where Irish-born George Brown, political commissar of the XV Brigade’s British Battalion, was killed during the Battle of Brunete in July 1937.

From the Morning Star of 4 July 2016…

 

You can help raise funds for the planned memorial to the International Brigades in Oxford (see sculptor Charlie Carter’s impression below) by purchasing these items:

 

ACER, our sister organisation in France, inaugurated a plaque on 4 June in Montreuil in eastern Paris. The plaque honours the volunteers of the International Brigades and the Spanish Republicans who participated in the Resistance. It is dated 1936 to 1945, encompassing the full struggle to defeat fascism.

 

Almudena Cros of the AABI Association of Friends of the International Brigades in Spain has sent us this updated information about the 80th anniversary events in Spain in October. See also the ‘80th anniversary events in Spain’ posting on 17 June.

 

Visitors to Paris this summer may be interested in an exhibition on the International Brigades from 28 June to 31 August at the Musée du Général Leclerc de Hautecloque et de la Libération de Paris, 23 allée de la 2e DB Jardin Atlantique (near Montparnasse railway station), 75015 Paris. 

Message received from Maciej Sanigórski and Jeremi Galdamez in Poland…

 

This message was received on 16 June from the Madrid-based AABI Internatinal Brigades friendship group.

 

The grandson and great grandson of James Bentley, a volunteer from Hull, are each walking 40 miles to raise money for a memorial to the eight men from Hull who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Please follow the link to support them by donating money to their cause.

Among the performers at our forthcoming commemoration in London’s Jubilee Gardens on 2 July will be the acclaimed folk duo na-mara. Thet will be playing other gigs with a Spanish Civil War connection around the same time, as Paul McNamara (one half of the duo) explains here…

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