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7/11/2009


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VI Annual Event

Saturday, 7th November

La Bisbal de Falset, Priorat (Tarragona)

At the Cave of Santa Llúcia
(1,5 km from La Bisbal de Falset in the direction of La Palma d'Ebre)


12.00 Unveiling of a plaque in memory of the British medical services personnel who worked in the cave during the Battle of the Ebro.
  • Welcome from the mayor of La Bisbal de Falset. Speakers to include representatives from the International Brigade Memorial Trust and the Catalan Government.

  • Display of medical services equipment and personnel by the members of the "Sanidad" division of the re-enactment group "The Army of the Ebro".

  • Songs by Xavier
12.30 A toast to peace and refreshments.

Restaurant Cal Trucafort, La Bisbal de Falset

14.00 Fraternity lunch (only for those with reservations)

In La Bisbal de Falset

16.00 Exhibitions

At the Ateneu Theatre:
  • "La Maternitat d'Elna": large exhibition about a maternity centre founded by a Swiss nurse for Republican refugee mothers and their babies in France after the war.
  • "Prelude to the Last Battle": The International Brigades in the Priorat, 1938. English text available.
Carrer la Palma, 13 (opposite the Town Hall/Casal)
  • "Això va passar: la guerra civil a la Bisbal de Falset 1936-1939": An exhibition about the civil war in the village (English text available).
16.30 Presentation of the two exhibitions at the Ateneu Theatre.

17.00 Parallel lectures in English and Catalan:
  • At the Town Hall/Casal: An illustrated talk by Angela Jackson, "Aftermath of Civil War: The British Perspective on the Internment Camps in France"

  • At the Ateneu Theatre: Lecture by Assumpta Montellà, author of the book "La Maternitat d'Elna. Bressol dels exiliats".
18.30 The award-winning documentary by Oriol Porta:

Hollywood contra Franco / A War in Hollywood

followed by closure and refreshments.


25/04/2009


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Presentation at Falset


Saturday April 25th was presented at the Public Library Salvador Estrem of Falset the book "Els Brigadistes entre nosaltres" by Angela Jackson.

by the journalist and writer Toni Orensanz, A photo gallery of the presentation can be found at this page.






8-9/11/2008


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Vhttp://www.nojubilemlamemoria.cat/en/index.htmlI Annual Event

Saturday, 8 November:

Morning: Casal de Marçà.
  • 12:00 Inauguration of the exhibition "El Priorat sota les bombes, 1938", with photos of Falset by Agustí Centelles.

  • 12:30 talk by Maria Teresa Farré, Professor of History of journalism at the Rovira i Virgili University: "Agustí Centelles: fotoperiodista durant la guerra civil al front i la rereguarda".

Sunday, 9 November:

Morning: Els Guiamets, cemetery:
  • 11:00 Inauguration of a plaque in the village cemetery in memory of the victims of the war buried in a communal grave.

Noon: Els Guiamets, Casal Polivalent:
  • 12:00 Inauguration and presentation of the exhibitions "La batalla contra la mort: La sanitat militar durant la batalla de l'Ebre" and "Preludi de l'última batalla: Les Brigades Internacionals al Priorat, 1938".

  • 12:45 Talk by Angela Jackson and Albert Sabaté: "Hospitals al Priorat durant la Guerra Civil"

A photo report of the events is available in this page.



17/05/2008


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RECERCAT:


As in previous years, NJLM took part in 'Recercat' (Jornada de Cultura i Recerca Local) the fair for Cultural and Local Research.

This year the fair went to Perpignan (France) the 17th May.

More information available (in Catalan) at the Institut Ramon Muntaner website.




15/05/2008


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NJLM Goes Back To School!


Actually, this is strictly not true as the school, in the form (!) of 4th of ESO (IES PRIORAT), came to us in Marçà. The Spanish Civil War is studied at this level. It was thought, by NJLM and the teachers, that it would be a bit more interesting if the students approached at the war in a more personalised way by looking at it in their area; Priorat. This meant studying the International Brigades who were 'parked' in 'Chabola Valley' before the battle of the Ebro. The teachers formed the students into groups, giving them the names of different International divisions and they prepared questions previous to the visit.

On Thursday 15th May they came to Marçà to ask Angela Jackson and John Butler these questions. It was an interesting experience with two 'foreigners' answering questions from the students of the area about Priorat history. Afterwards, there was a trip down to John Cookson's grave. The feedback received from both teachers and students was that it was a very positive experience.


18/04/2008


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Presentation in Falset of the book
"Els Brigadistes entre nosaltres"


The public filled the hall in the Library 'Salvador Estrem' during the presentation of the Catalan translation of 'At the Margins of Mayhem', the latest book by Angela Jackson.

During the following weeks, the exhibition 'Prelude to the Last Battle: The International Brigades in the Priorat, 1938' was also displayed in the Library.




8-11/11/2007


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V Annual Event

Thursday, 8 November:

Afternoon: British Council, Barcelona.
  • Presentation of Angela Jackson's novel, Warm Earth by Paul Preston (in English)

  • Display of the NJLM photographic exhibition "Prelude to the Last Battle: The International Brigades in the Priorat, 1938"

Friday, 9 November:

Afternoon: Sala Polivalent, Marçà.
  • Talk by Paul Preston (in Catalan): "Corresponsals estrangers durant el setge de Madrid i la caiguda de Catalunya".

Saturday 10 November:

Morning: Terra Alta.
  • Serra de Pàndols. Hill 705: Re-dedication of the plaque in memory of the British and Irish International Brigaders who died in the Battle of the Ebro in collaboration with the International Brigade Memorial Trust.

  • Gandesa: Lunch at the Hotel Piqué.

Afternoon: Casal de Marçà.
  • Inauguration of the exhibition "Papers Prioratins de Salamanca".

  • Talk (in Catalan) by Pere Audí and Toni Orensanz: "Joaquim Llorens, líder oblidat del republicanisme prioratí".

Sunday 11 November:

Morning: La Torre de Fontaubella.
  • Inauguration of a plaque in the village cemetery in memory of the victims of the Battle of the Ebro buried in the nearby communal graves.

  • Sindicat Hall: Opening and introduction to the NJLM photographic exhibition "Prelude to the Last Battle: The International Brigades in the Priorat, 1938".

  • Presentation of a display of medical material used during the civil war.

  • Presentation of the association, "Victims of Franco's Repression in Tarragona" by the president of the group, Montserrat Giné.

  • Talk in Catalan by Dr. Joan Mauri: "The Miracle of Blood Transfusion: War, Innovation and Forgotten Memories".

  • Closing words by Angela Jackson, NJLM president.

The photo report of the events can be found in this page.



12-13/05/2007


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Ebro Battlefield Tour

Organised with the International Brigade Memorial Trust.

Saturday 12 May:

Morning: Visit to this places:
  • "Chabola Valley", Camp site of the XV Brigade, near Marçà.

  • Railway Station and tunnel of La Torre-Pradell, where the Hospital-Train was based

  • Communal grave of the fatally wounded

  • Site where Robert Capa photographed Alun Menai Williams and Milton Wolff

  • John Cookson's grave
By noon the new exhibition of photos was inaugurated.

Afternoon:
  • Visit to the Cave-Hospital at La Bisbal de Falset.

  • Tribute to Michael O'Riordan at the Ebro

  • Visit to the ossuary-War Memorial at Les Camposines

  • Trenches at les Devees (Hill 536)

Sunday 13 May:

These places were visited:
  • "115 dies" Interpretation Centre Corbera

  • La Trinxera Museum

  • Old Village of Corbera d'Ebre
There was also a choice between the viewing of a film or a hike to the Monument to the XV Brigade

A photo report can be found here.



12/05/2007


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Inauguration of the Photo Exhibition


At the Exhibition Hall of Marçà, at 12:00.

Eleven pannels and a lot of photos taken in the area during 1938, with explanation texts

Several pictures of this event are in this page




March 10th, 2007


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Woman's Day: Memory & Struggle,

Organised by NJLM and "Amical de Ravensbrück" at 6pm in the "Artesana" Theatre of Falset.
  • Illustrated talk by Angela Jackson entitled "Images of Women during the Civil War".

  • Presentation of a new book by Elisenda Belenguer "Neus Català, Memòria i Lluita".

  • Talk with Neus Català, recently voted the Catalan of the Year, about her memories of wartime and previous years.

  • Rachel Ritchie introduced the documentary "Ramon Perera: L'home que va salvar Barcelona".

All attendants were then invited to refreshments provided by the Town Hall of Falset

A short photo report can be found here.


Nov. 5th, 2006


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IV Annual Event: 70th anniversary of the SCW (El Molar).

In collaboration with the Association of Aviators of the Republic (ADAR).

Morning: Commemoration. (El Molar Cemetery)

Floral tributes:
  • At the Aviators monument.
    Speaker: Antoni Vilella (ADAR).

  • At the monument to the victims of the Civil war in the communal grave, the majority being from the XV Corps of the Army of the Ebro.
    Speakers: Angela Jackson, Joan Salvadó (Mayor of El Molar).

  • Presentation of a copy of the archive of Dr. Gras, who worked as a doctor at the Hospital in mine buildings to the villagers of El Molar.
    Speaker: Dr. Miguel Gras (son).

Refreshments at the Llar de Jubilats of El Molar, and then a lunch at the restaurant "L'Embarcador", on the banks of the Ebro.

Before the commemorations there was the Assembly General of Members of NJLM at the Town Hall of Marçà.

There is a photo report in this page


Nov. 4th, 2006


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IV Annual Event: 70th anniversary of the SCW (Marçà).

In collaboration with the Town Hall of Marçà

Morning: Commemoration. (Sala Polivalent, Marçà)

Tribute to International Brigader Alun Menai Williams: A showing of the documentary about his return visit to the Battle of the Ebro sites in 2005, "Viatge de Retorn". Presentation by Anna Martí.

Examples of video interviews being carried out by NJLM in preparation for a new documentary.

Round Table discussion on experiences and memories of the Civil War.
Chair: Joan Maria Thomàs (Professor of Contemporary Històry, University of Rovira i Virgili) with representatives of war veterans, combatants, women and children.

Afternoon lectures: The beginnings of the war. (Casal de Marçà)
  • Pere Audí: Illustrated talk: "Un intent d'arqueologia de l'odi: Falset 1910-1936"

  • José Luis Ledesma: Illustrated talk: "El 1936 Río Ebro Arriba - Guerra civil y revolución en tierras Aragonesas"

  • Toni Orensanz: Illustrated talk: "Incontrolats i violència revolucionària a l'estiu del 1936"

A concise photo report is available here


Aug 6th, 2006
07:00 pm

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Yet another lecture in La Bisbal de Falset given by Pere Audi-Ferrer, entitled
Cooperativistes, anarquistes i capellans al Priorat a inicis del segle XX
(Cooperativists, Anarchists and Priests in the Priorat at the start of the 20th Century).
Jul 8th, 2006
08:00 pm

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A lecture in the Casal Flor de Maig (Mayflower Hall) in Gratallops given by one of our members, Pere Audi Ferrer, entitled
Cooperativistes, anarquistes i capellans al Priorat a inicis del segle XX
(Cooperativists, Anarchists and Priests in the Priorat at the start of the 20th Century).
Mai 6th, 2006

RecerCat




RECERCAT: On May 6th, 2006, our Association took part in the fair in Amposta for Cultural and Local Research.


Mar 10th, 2006

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A lecture in the Salvador Estrem Library in Falset given by one of our members, Pere Audi Ferrer, entitled Cooperativistes, anarquistes i capellans al Priorat a inicis del segle XX (Cooperativists, Anarchists and Priests in the Priorat at the start of the 20th Century).
Dec 10th, 2005

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An informative illustrated talk given to groups of school children from the region about the causes of the war and the role of the International Brigades.


Nov 6th, 2005


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Third Annual Event "Return to the Ebro" (Flix)
Commemoration on the ferry crossing the River Ebro at Flix.
Participants:
  • Pere Muñoz, Mayor of Flix
  • Juan Alsace, U.S Consul General from Barcelona
  • Milton Wolff, Brigader
  • Giovanni Pesce, Brigader
Floral tribute and music
Exhibition of photographs in the Town Hall
Tribute from the Town Hall to the Brigades in the "Social Union" of Flix.
Participants:
  • Pere Muñoz, Mayor of Flix
  • Lluís Salvadó, Government delegate from the Terres de l'Ebre
  • Josep Sànchez Cervelló, University of Rovira i Vigili
  • Coral Cuadrada, University of Rovira i Virgili
  • Questions from local students for Brigaders
The inauguration of a new plaque to commemorate the visit at the monument to the IB in Flix.
Participants:
  • Pere Muñoz, Mayor of Flix
  • Giovanni Pesce, Italian Brigader
  • Milton Wolff, American Brigader
To see a report of this event click here

Nov 5th, 2005


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Third Annual Event "Return to the Ebro" (Marçà)

The inauguration of a plaque in memory of Fernando Iaffa, an Argentinian Brigader, at the gravesite John Cookson.
Participants:
  • Ernest Benach, President of the Catalan Parliament
  • Miguel and Máximo Iaffa.
Tribute to the International Brigades by the Town Hall of Marçà.
Participants:
  • Francesc Piqué, Mayor of Marçà
  • Ernest Benach, President of the Catalan Parliament
Presentation of the book written by the Commander of the Lincoln Battalion, Milton Wolf, Otra Colina (Another Hill), by Lluís Martín Bielsa, Vice-president of the Association of Political Prisoners, and Shirley Mangini, Emeritus Professor of California State University.

Presentation of an extended version of the documentary made by NJLM, Un Pessic de Memòria al Priorat (A bit of Memory from the Priorat).

Presentation of the book I vaig tornar a creuar l'Ebre, a translation into Catalan of the memoirs of the Welsh Brigader, Alun Menai Williams, by Bob Coale, from the University of Paris.

Presentation and showing of short films:
  • Jesús Monllaó: La Mirada Obliqua: The Oblique Glance (Catalonia)
  • Eran Torbiner: First Madrid (Israel)
Celebration of the 90th birthday of Milton Wolff, with music provided by Heather Bridger and Bruce Barthol.

A photo report of this event is available here

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