Back by popular demand! "Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War"

Published Jimmy - Sun, 04/24/2011 - 8:43pm

On July 18, 1936, a right-wing military uprising tried to overthrow the new, legally elected, democratic government of Spain. Hitler and Mussolini quickly joined the fight in support of the fascist General Francisco Franco. In response, about 80 American women joined over 2,700 of their countrymen in defiance of their government to volunteer for the Spanish Civil War, the first major battle against fascism. They were part of the 40,000 strong International Brigades who came to Spain’s aid from 50 countries around the world.
The American women who served Spain’s cause were mostly nurses, with some notable writers and journalists among them. They all survived the war but were labeled “Premature Anti-fascists” by the FBI upon their return to the U. S., and many of them suffered harassment and persecution
"Into the Fire" (2002) , directed by Julia Newman, focuses on sixteen of these women, telling in their own words, their story of courage and commitment to a just cause. The film is made up of the words and writings of Dorothy Parker, Josephine Herbst and Virginia Cowles, as well as the articles of, and letters exchanged by, Martha Gellhorn and Eleanor Roosevelt during the war. Their reports, added to the comments, letters and diaries of the nurses and other hospital workers who were there, describe Spain’s struggle against overwhelming odds. The women’s  heartbreak at the refusal of the democracies (the U. S. included) to come to Spain’s aid, is powerfully conveyed. (www.intothefirefilm.com)

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When:
Mon, 05/02/2011 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
Free, donations appreciated