In honor of an exhibit at the museum of the City of New York called “Facing Fascism”, Democracy Now! devotes the hour (after headlines) to examining the significance of the Spanish Civil war in the fight against facism.
Segment 1 In July 1936, rightwing military officers led by fascist General Franco attempted to overthrow the newly elected democratic government of Spain. Hitler and Mussolini quickly joined in support of Franco. In response, nearly 3,000 Americans defied the US government to volunteer to fight in the Spanish Civil War, they called themselves Abraham Lincoln Brigade. We speak with two surviving veterans, Moe Fishman and Clarence Kailin. We also play excepts form the documentary “Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War” and speak with filmmaker Julia Newman.
Segment 2–Abraham Lincoln Brigade “Represents an Important Part of the American Soul”–Harry Belafonte Pays Tribute to U.S. Vets Who Fought Fascism in Spain
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