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Edward Balchowsky


Ed Balchowsky


Balchowsky, Edward Ross. b. February 11, 1916; Single; Musician; received passport# 3971 Chicago series on October 29, 1937 which listed his address as 1418 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois; Sailed November 6, 1937 aboard the Lafayette; Was severely wounded in Spain, lost his hand; Returned to the US on December 31, 1938 aboard the President Harding; d. November 27, 1989, Chicago, Illinois, suicide.

Source: Sail, SACB, RA, Good Fight B, E, H, S & Z; (obituary) Tom McNamee, “Chicago Loses an Original,” Chicago Sun Times, December 4, 1989; SSN.


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Last Name Balchowsky
First/Middle Name Edward
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Additional Notes Born in 1916 in Frankfort, Illinois, Ed Balchowsky said he joined the Lincoln Brigade because he "knew oppression as a kid," having grown up in the town's only Jewish family. As a result of wounds suffered in during the Ebro offensive, Ed's right arm had to be amputated. Before joining the Lincolns he had trained to become a concert pianist; amazingly, in the latter half of his life he made a name for himself playing left-handed piano at various Chicago clubs. Ed also was a talented poet and artist, with paintings displayed at the Chicago Art Institute and even at Oprah Winfrey's restaurant. He held true to his progressive political ideals in later years, remaining active in the labor and civil rights movements. Ed died in 1989. He is buried at the Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. (Jeff Balch)