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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

JEWS AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

This item may be of interest to anyone who fought in (or had an ancestor of any faith or nationality who fought in) the Spanish Civil War:

ABSTRACT OF LECTURE ON JEWS & THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR by Prof. Michael Alpert-- President of the Jewish Historical Society of England (JHSE) on Sunday, 26 April 2009 at the Manchester Jewish Museum, Cheetham Hill Road at 8.00 pm.

JHSE website

Professor Alpert will outline the events surrounding the outbreak and course of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, and attempt to calculate the number of Jewish men and women who went to Spain to aid the Spanish Republic in its resistance to General Franco's military uprising, discussing the reasons that attracted them.

Professor Michael Alpert holds degrees from Cambridge in Modern Languages, from Reading University in History and from University College London in Jewish Studies. He is Emeritus Professor of the Modern and Contemporary History of Spain at the University of Westminster, in London.

Most of his research work has concentrated on the Spanish Civil War [which ended 70 years ago] on which he has published three books, one of them in English called A New International History of the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 with a 2nd edition in paperback, published by Palgrave in 2004.

He has also published on Jewish History in Spain, in particular his Secret Judaism and the Spanish Inquisition, of 2008, published in paperback by Five Leaves Publishers (Nottingham). He hopes that by now his translation of a Ladino novel, Elia Karmona's The Chaste Wife, first published in Constantinople in 1925 will have appeared, also by Five Leaves Publishers in paperback form. His inaugural lecture as President of the JHSE was on Spain's aid to Jewish refugees in the Second World War. It is due to appear in the next issue of Jewish Historical Studies.

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