hicago Friends of the Lincoln Brigade opened a cam-paign last May for a monument to honor andremember the 160 volunteers from the Chicago area.The effort was launched at asuccessful theater party fea-turing Peter Glazer’stheatrical production,
Heart of Spain: A Musical of the SpanishCivil War
. Brochures announc-ing the new campaign weredistributed at all performancesat Northwestern University’sBarber Theater.This new play by Glazerskillfully combines the writ-ings of some of the Americanvolunteers with dramaticscenes that clarify the histori-cal context. It weaves togethermaterials of the time—diaries,letters, poetry and songs—with music by Eric BainPeltoniemi.
Heart of Spain
smoothly takes the audience from the general world scenein the 1930’s to the thoughts, feelings, and actions of a vari-ety of Lincoln volunteers. That it is a riveting, excitingpiece of theater will not surprise the many who have seenGlazer’s works in recent years, including
Woody Guthrie’s American Song
and the Spanish Civil War musical presenta-tion
. Glazer prefaced his recent success in Chicagoby writing and directing the highly regarded
We Must Remember
, performed in San Francisco and New York.In other recent activity, CFLB co-sponsored an AfricanAmerican History Month program on Langston Hughes atInternational House at the University of Chicago, whereHughes resided while teaching at the Laboratory School.Cranston Knight, poet and historian, spoke of Hughes’writings and poetry in support of Republican Spain to anaudience of students and community residents.In another collaboration in March, CFLB co-chairChuck Hall spoke to an audience at a “La Peña” evening atthe popular Old Town School of Folk Music. A multimediapresentation,
The Spanish Civil War
, written and directed byDr. Oscar Ballester, combined narration, text by PabloNeruda, and poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, MiguelHernandes, Antonio Machado and Rafael Alberti withmusic by Pablo Casals and Manuel de Falla and the art of Pablo Picasso. Local poets, actors and musicians participat-ing in the program included Jose Bono, Juan Borja,Gonzalo Cordova, Hoy Son, Hal Ehrich, Kerry Sheehan,Jamie O’Reilly, and Michael Smith. The program in Englishand Spanish was part of a weekly showcase of Latin folk music and dance enthusiastically supported by Chicago’slarge Latino community. Juan Dies, Director of La Peña,spoke of his grandparents, Loyalist refugees who went toMexico after the fall of the Republic: “Staunch anti-fascists,they never gave up their hope for the restoration of democ-racy in Spain.”Those wishing to receive a copy of the brochure and tomake contributions for Chicago recognition of the Lincolnvolunteers are urged to write to CFLB, 211 Elgin Avenue,#3D, Forest Park, IL 60130.
THE VOLUNTEER, Summer 2000 3
by Moe Fishman
New York area press covers ALBA-VALB event:
published in Greenwich Village, carried alengthy article featuring Al Koslow and Abe Smorodin.The
New York Times
had a good piece in the city sec-tion featuring a large photograph of Moe Fishman andquoting Harry Fisher. The
, the largestnewspaper in Connecticut, ran a feature article onSunday, May 28, with a picture of Milt Wolff.
ran a full-page description of the event byMorris Schappes. Finally, the
Brooklyn Bridge Magazine
will soon run a feature article with picturesand interviews with Abe Smorodin, Al Koslow, MoeFishman, Matty Mattson, and Milt Wolff.
A plaque in Provincetown
:A plaque was placed in Provincetown, MA. It reads:“Gene and Dick Fein: Fighters for Justice; Lovers ofProvincetown; Inspiring us still.” Dick was a long-timemember of our executive committee and his wife Geneworked for many years helping our organization.
News from Spain
:On April 30, 2000,
of Barcelona head-lined: “Slaves of Franco.” The article described how anumber of former Loyalist soldiers had filed a class-action suit demanding full payment for their work asforced laborers under Franco.The bulletin of the organization of Loyalist Veteransreports “there has been slight increase for all veteransin the 2000 budget. However, the Loyalist veterans arecampaigning for a retirement pension equal to thosegiven to today’s other veterans upon retirement.”
Mac-Paps continue quest for a national monument:
The provinces of Ontario and British Columbia and thecity of Winnipeg have monuments honoring theCanadian volunteers of the International Brigades.However, the Canadian veterans will not rest easy untilthey achieve the dedication of a national monument inthe national capital of Ottawa.
BBrrigadier Nigadier Neewwss
Playwright Peter Glazer,producer of
Heart of Spain
We Must Remember,
with his father, Tom Glazer