Ades, Bernard. b. July 3, 1903, Baltimore, Maryland; Graduated from Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland for Law school; Married; Lawyer, Certified Public Accountant; Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1934; CP 1931; received passport# 367221 which listed his address as 1703 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, was asked to surrender his passport and he refused, He was not issued a new one when the first one expired; Sailed February 20, 1937 aboard the Ile de France; Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, Commissar Co. 1, later with Lincoln-Washington BN, Brunete, Company Commissar, later on Battalion Staff; Returned to the US on September 30, 1937 aboard the Normandie; WWII Civilian; d. May 27, 1986; buried in the Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery.
Source: Americans, ALBA 269 Bernard Ades Papers; (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 8, No 2; Ancestry, SSN.
Photograph: Bernard Ades, still from Red Father a film by Tova Beck-Freidman
Bernard Ades was well known in Maryland in the 1930s as a defense lawyer for African Americans involved in criminal cases. He ran as the Communist Party candidate for governor of Maryland in 1934. Ades left the United States in February 20, 1937 as a volunteer with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and arrived in Spain in March of 1937. The units Ades served with included the Washington Battalion and later the Lincoln-Washington Battalion. He also may have served as a commissar in the Lincoln Battalion. In the fall of 1937, Ades returned to the United States from Spain. He moved to New York City in 1941, and worked as a certified public accountant and a lawyer in the Federal Tax Court. His clients included the Communist Party and the Soviet trade organization known as Amtorg. - Biography courtesy of Tamiment Library, NYU.
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