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.


The Volunteer Magazine Blog

News & Updates

The nominating period for the 2017 ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism is now open!

Information on the nominating process here.


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.


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) 

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes: African Americans in the Spanish Civil War

A documentary by Alfonso Domingo & Jordi Torrent / trailer
$20 for personal use (includes shipping/handling); USA ONLY


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). Registration is closed.
  • 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 16, 2016: One day institute at Brooklyn College, NYC; co-hosted by Brooklyn College.
  • April 23, 2016: One day institute for Spanish teachers in Seattle, WA; co-hosted by the University of Washington. 
  • More dates TBA

    For more information click here.