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Abe Osheroff

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Abe Osheroff

Osheroff, Abe. b. October 24, 1915, Brooklyn, New York; CoB; Attended the City College of New York; Single (Married), Student, YCL 1933 (1932), branch organizer; received passport# 392715 on April 17, 1937 which listed his address as 468 Chester Street, Brooklyn, New York (10-97 Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, New York); Sailed April 24, 1937 aboard the Vollendam; Arrived May 30, 1937 after surviving the sinking of the City of Barcelona; Served with the XV BDE, MacKenzie-Papineau BN during training sent to Lincoln-Washington BN as a replacement, WIA October 13, 1937 Fuentes del Ebro; after recovery served as an instructor; Returned to the US on July 2, 1938 aboard the President Harding; WWII US Army, Infantry, ETO, Rank SGT; d. April 6, 2008, Seattle, Washington.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, RA, Good Fight A, B, C, I & Z; Producer Dreams and Nightmares and Art in the Struggle for Freedom; Len Levenson, “From Benicasim, to Brownsville, to Seattle,” The Volunteer, Volume 21, No. 2, Spring 1999, p. 21; (obituary) Robert Jensen, “Abe Osheroff, 1915-2008,” The Volunteer, Volume 25, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 19-20.

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Additional Notes Abe Osheroff was born in Brooklyn in 1915. He was a neighborhood activist at sixteen, a student activist at City College, and then did some organizing for the CIO. He went to Spain in 1937. On his return he was a union organizer, headed the Communist Party's Jewish Commission, and worked in the South. He is a carpenter by trade and has helped build housing in Nicaragua. He has also made two documentary film on the Spanish Civil War: Dreams and Nightmares (1974) and Art in the Struggle for Freedom (2000).