Our tour through the University City with GEFREMA

April 17, 2009

International Brigades: Pioneers in their time and ours

March 14, 2009

Throughout this trip, I have experienced a massive evolution of thought, impressions, and knowledge regarding the International Brigades and the men who constituted their ranks. Many of the misconceptions that I had were destroyed by firsthand accounts and visits to sites of memory; however my one and strongest belief about the Brigadiers, which was the reason for my original interest in the Brigades, not only survived the trip, but was strengthened tenfold. Read the rest of this entry »

Visit to the Amigos de Las Brigadas Internacionales

March 14, 2009

After the visit to the cemetery at Fuencarral, it appeared to me that there was very little, if any, true coordination on behalf of the International Brigades to recover their place in the Spanish historical memory. After a visit with Ana Perez, the president of the Amigos de Las Brigadas Internacionales (Friends of the International Brigades) I realize that I could not have been more wrong. Not only is there a very coordinated effort to reaffirm a place for these individuals in Spanish memory, but it is one of the first efforts to do such a thing in the field of historical memory. Read the rest of this entry »

An Evening with the Descendents of Exile

March 12, 2009

We went to a cocktail party tonight. It was my first cocktail party (maybe the first for others, too) and I was nervous. Who will be there? How long do we have to stay? Who am I going to talk to? Just like any other party, you walk in and search for the people you know and talk first with them. We all entered the swanky, four-star hotel and headed first for the people we knew, our new friends in Madrid: Ceferino, Ludi, María Luisa, and Carmen, members of the Association of Descendents of Exile. Read the rest of this entry »