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Irving Fishgold

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k-Fishgold, Irving. b. August 26, 1916, Brooklyn, NY; Jewish; High school education; Single; Cafeteria Worker; CP 1936 (?); Received passport# 498846 on February 18, 1937 which listed his address as 1514 West 8th Street, Brooklyn, New York; Arrived in Spain on March 12, 1938; Sent to Transmissions school for IB; Served with the XB BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3; Rank Soldado; Killed in action on July 27, 1938, Ebro Offensive. 

Sources: SACB, Pay, RA, USSDA 2:0538, 54:0187; ALBA 41 Irving Fishgold Papers.

 

Biography

Isidore (Irving) Fishgold (1918-1938) was born in Brooklyn to parents who already had six children from earlier marriages. Irving spent much of his childhood alone with his mother, who separated from her husband, leaving the older children with him. From the age of fifteen Irving began to visit with his father and stepbrothers and sisters, with whom he became quite close. He graduated from high school and worked at various odd jobs, while becoming deeply involved in radical politics. He soon joined the Young Communist League. When he volunteered for service with the International Brigades in Spain he reportedly dissuaded one of his brothers from doing the same, arguing that it was necessary to stay at home and work to help support the family. Irving sailed from New York, according to his sister Betty's account, on February 23, 1938 and was killed in an ambush at Gandesa in July 1938. - Biography courtesy Tamiment Library, NYU. 

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