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Alfred Runge Erichsen — a Dramatic Voyage from Valencia to Barcelona

This is the story about and by Alfred Runge Erichsen, a Danish sailor who experienced two world wars and a civil war: during the First World War, he worked as a ship’s boy on vessels that transported weapons between the… Continue Reading →

Michail Jakusjin and Marius Christensen — Bound Together by History

Michail Jakusjin and Marius Christensen were part of the same event. It laid the foundation for their friendship and became the axis around which their friendship revolved. In 1937, Marius Christiansen was a Danish volunteer in the Spanish Civil War… Continue Reading →

Bernhard Kristian Larsen — When the Italians Took a Pretty Good Beating at Guadalajara

16 April 1937, Bernhard Larsen sent a letter to Arbejderbladet (‘The Worker’s Paper’) in which he writes about life as a soldier in the Thälmann Battalion during the Battle of Jarama and later at the Guadalajara Front, where the Italians… Continue Reading →

Erich ‘Vatti’ Hoffmann—Brigadist and Auschwitz Prisoner

Erich Hoffmann was a German communist worker from Hamburg who dedicated his life to the fight against fascism. As part of this fight, he helped save close to 200 Hungarian children in Auschwitz and Buchenwald   By Thomas Mayer Becoming… Continue Reading →

Nine Danes in the Francoist Concentration Camp San Pedro de Cardeña

Nine Danish volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, captured by the fascists, were incarcerated in San Pedro de Cardeña concentration camp in the province of Burgos. This is the story of their release and later lives In Denmark, little is known… Continue Reading →

Axel Andersen and Viggo Lindenbaum

Axel Sigurd Holger Andersen and Viggo Alexander Lindenbaum were both members of the Danmarks Kommunistiske Ungdom (DKU) (the Communist Youth of Denmark). Within the space of a few months, they both left for Spain in 1937 and were enrolled in… Continue Reading →

Johan Ingvar (and Eggert and Harry) Annfeldt

Johan Ingvar, Eggert and Harry Annfeldt were three Danish brothers who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Eggert and Harry never returned home   By Allan Christiansen Johan Ingvar Annfeldt was born 17 September 1904 in Kristrup, suburb of Randers… Continue Reading →

Viggo Christensen Holm

Viggo Christensen Holm was one of the approximately 500 Danes who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Like so many of the Danish volunteers, Viggo was a communist and continued the fight against fascism in the Danish resistance    … Continue Reading →

Four Danes in the Spanish Civil War

Brothers Harald, Kai and Aage Nielsen and their friend Hans Petersen were four young workers who, shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, decided to leave for Spain in order to fight fascism side by side with the… Continue Reading →

Willi Bredel – A Short Biography

Having his roots in Hamburg among the cigar makers, factory workers and seamen, the writer Willi Bredel’s documentation of the history of the Hamburg workers is unprecedented.   Bredel became internationally renowned for his documentary novel “Die Prüfung” (“The Ordeal”),… Continue Reading →

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