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Herman L. "Hy" Tabb

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Tabb, Herman


Tabb, Herman L. ("Hy," Tabnik, Herman Talb), b. May 15, 1913, Ukraine, Russia,  Russian-Ukrainian-American, Jewish, Attended the University of North Carolina, graduate work at the City College of New York, and the Lewis Institute of Technology in Chicago 1929-35, Single, Printer, CP September 1935, No Passport issued, Domicile 534 Cleveland Street, Brooklyn, New York, Arrived in Spain on January 31, 1938 (stowaway), Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 1 & Co. 2; later platoon and section leader, rank Sargento, Served at Retreats and Ebro Offensive;  d. 2007.

Sources: SACB, Pay, RA, Harriman, (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 24, No. 3, September 2007, p. 23.

Photograph: Herman Tabb, Lincoln-Washington, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0225. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

 

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Additional Notes Hy Tabb, a Lincoln veteran with proficiency in foreign languages, died in New York at the age of 94 after a long progressive illness. Tabb was a rebel throughout his lifeā€”an active trade unionist and a fighter for justice. In Spain, he served as a machine gunner and translator from time to time. He returned home to work as a printer and proofreader at The New York Times. Tabb studied foreign languages at several colleges, and he and his wife, Tamaara, both graduated with MA degrees in Slavic Linguistics from New York University in 1972. His facility with languages enabled them to travel widely and live abroad. They were generous benefactors to ALBA over the years.