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The Abraham Lincoln Brigade

ALB group photo

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), almost forty thousand men and women from fifty-two countries, including 2,800 Americans volunteered to travel to Spain and join the International Brigades to help fight fascism. The U.S. volunteers served in various units and came to be known collectively as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.



Delmer Berg (1915-2016)
Delmer Berg, the last known surviving veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, died peacefully at age 100 in his California home on Sunday, February 28. He will be greatly missed. To make a contribution in memory of Del Berg or any other volunteer of the Lincoln Brigade, click here. Read English press highlights here.  
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News & Updates

Sunday, December 11th

End of the Year Brunch in NYC with Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Weiner

La Nacional Tim Weiner

Spanish Benevolent Society
239 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011
12PM to 2PM

Tapas, paella, coffee, tea, and drinks included. 

Single Tickets $45 ($60 at the door)


ALBA will particpate in the first ever #NYGivesDay on November 29th!

Help us honor and preserve the legacy of the Lincoln Volunteers. 

Monument on angle

Get ready! Spread the word! And please donate here on that day!

Funds raised on that day will go to restore our national monument. You can find more information on the monument here.


Buy Now from ALBA's Bookstore!

A Distant HeartbeatA Distant Heartbeat: A War, a Disappearance, and a Family's Secrets 

by Eunice Lipton 

Cover, S in Hearts
$25 for signed editions (includes shipping/handling) 
by Adam Hochschild
$35 for personal use (includes shipping/handling) 


For Educators

2016 Teaching Institutes Schedule

  • January 23 & 24, February 6, 2016: Three day institute in New York, NY; co-hosted by the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (NYU). 
  • March 4, 2016: Presentation, Social Studies Regional Conference, From Guernica to Nuremberg: Teaching Human Rights Themes in mid-20th-Century History in Aurora, IL.
  • April 2, 2016: One day institute in Boston, MA; co-hosted by the Collaborative for Educational Services.
  • April 23, 2016: One day institute for Spanish teachers in Seattle, WA; co-hosted by the University of Washington. 
  • September-December 2016: Theatrical program at Balboa H.S. in San Francisco, CA, focusing on the Spanish Civil War and the UN Declaration of Human Rights 
  • October 29, 2016: One day institute in Northampton, MA; co-hosted by the Collaborative for Educational Services.
  • November 5, 2016: One day workshop workshop in Seattle, WA; co-hosted by the University of Washington.
  • November 8, 2016: One day institute in New York, NY; co-hosted by the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (NYU).
  • November, 9, 2016: One day institute in Bergen County, NJ.

  • For more information click here.