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Victor Grossman, "Spanish Recollections: the 80th Anniversary of the International Brigades"

MRZineAbout 150 of us marked the anniversary of October 1936 with a tour commemorating the founding of the International Brigades, made up of men and women volunteers who came to join in a mortal struggle against fascism. . . . In our group only one had fought in the International Brigades, one of their many Spanish members, and now one of perhaps three survivors.  Josep Almudéver, 97, is amazingly vital and as wrathful as ever about the forces of Hitler and Mussolini who, he is convinced, steered Franco, making it no genuine "civil war" but a defense against foreign adversaries, not excluding those "western democracies" which betrayed it. . . . One young group member was especially respected.  Zuza Ziolkowska/Hercberg from Warsaw, whose grandfather fought in Spain, had defied efforts by the clerical right-wingers dominating her country to wipe out recollections of the large Polish participation in Spain.  She and several others, mostly students, carried a large flag of the Polish Dabrowski Battalion in Spain and one of the largely Jewish Naftali Botwin Company to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider on the largest square in Warsaw.  They read a poem, stood briefly in silence and laid a wreath near the monument to fallen Polish heroes, where mention of those who died in Spain had been erased.  Now the group, already larger, is fighting to keep street names honoring the Dabrowski Battalion from being altered.  It was moving to see Yiddish-Hebrew letters on the same flag she showed eye-catchingly at all the sites we visited.
Source: Victor Grossman, "Spanish Recollections: the 80th Anniversary of the International Brigades"