After my fencing match I carried my foils around the Museum Of The City Of New York viewing this terrific exhibit below. I rode in a graduation day parade in a Lincoln Continental convertible around Princeton New Jersey with members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1990. As one of these brave men recounts in a documentary in the show "Words are not enough in such an event. In the Spanish Civil War I learned how important it is to act."
" 'No men ever entered the earth more honorably than those who died in Spain,' wrote Ernest Hemingway in 1939. Between the years of 1936-1939, an estimated 1,000 Americans, many from New York, died fighting to protect the elected government of the Spanish Republic against a rebellion led by General Francisco Franco and backed by Hitler and Mussolini. Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War examines the role that New Yorkers played in the conflict, as well as the political and social ideologies that motivated them to participate in activities ranging from rallying support, fundraising, and relief aid, to fighting--and sometimes dying--on the front lines in Spain. The stories of these New Yorkers will be told through photographs, letters, uniforms, weapons, and an array of personal and historical memorabilia."
Oh yeah--I won the match. Remember those who died fighting fascism children of the Staircase. And remember how important it is to act!