Feb 272014


If you happen to live near Falkirk (Scotland), my friend Christine Jones has organised what looks like a very interesting exhibition (until 20 April) inspired by Gerda Taro. Christine notes

“Still Cause is a project and exhibition focused on the struggle for justice and recognition which is ongoing in Spain post-Franco, with the notions of memory, loss, activism and solidarity implicit within the work. Initially inspired by the photojournalist Gerda Taro and her work during the Spanish Civil War, this first exhibition is dedicated to her memory.”


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Feb 272014

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Jawaharlal Nehru, future first Prime Minister of India, visited Barcelona in June 1938. The photo above shows Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi, who also later became Indian Prime Minister, together with Catalan president Lluis Companys.

See also India and the Spanish Civil War

It was the Europe of 1938 with Mr. Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement in full swing and marching over the bodies of nations, betrayed and crushed, to the final scene that was staged at Munich. There I entered into this Europe of conflict by flying straight to Barcelona. There I remained for five days and watched the bombs fall nightly from the air. There I saw much else that impressed me powerfully; and there, in the midst of want and destruction and ever-impending disaster, I felt more at peace with myself than anywhere else in Europe. There was light there, the light of courage and determination and of doing something worthwhile.

The quote is from Nehru’s autobiograpahy Toward FreedomFrom here

Feb 262014

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Grave of photographer Gerda Taro, Peré Lachaise cemetery, París. Taro came to Spain with Robert Capa in August 1936 and together they set out to depict the war and revolution. She was tragically killed when a republican armoured vehicle accidentally crushed her during a retreat in the Brunete battle on 26 July 1937. Found on Twitter (@PirataRoja_RpBk)

 Posted by at 11:53 am
Feb 252014


Check out this great site dedicated to the International Brigades run by Kevin Buyers. At the moment it is centred on English-speaking brigaders, but looks like it will expand to more. It has plenty of photos I have never seen.

The International Brigades

Photo shows a group of British Internationals after the retreat from Mosquito Ridge Battle of Brunete July 1937.

 Posted by at 9:16 pm
Feb 252014


As many as 1600 Canadians came to Spain to fight for the Spanish Republic; more than 400 of them were killed. Many were Finnish or Estonian Canadians



 Posted by at 7:50 pm
Feb 252014

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Poster advertising a memorial meeting to the five? New Zealanders who died fighting for the Republic in Spanish Civil War. Held in Auckland on 14 May 1939. The NZ Herald reported that 900 people attended this meeting. More here from this excellent site on NZ and the Spanish Civil War.

Couple of good New Zealand radio documentaries here I REMEMBER JARAMA and A NURSE’S STORY

 Posted by at 7:45 pm
Jan 202014

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Sad to announce that Marina Ginestà, the woman in the iconic photograph by Hans Guttman of the Colón Hotel in July 1936, died last week in Paris aged 94. I would have loved to have met her. La Vanguardia.com

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