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John Tisa

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Tisa, John


Tisa, John. b. April 6, 1914, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Italian American of mixed Cuban and Italian descent, Attended Brockwood Labor College, Single, Writer, YCL  and CP 1935, organizer YCL;  received passport# 359499 on December 31, 1936 which listed his address as 214 Benson Street, Camden, New Jersey, Sailed January 5, 1937 aboard the Champlain, Arrived in Spain on January 13, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Co. 2, Was selected for the Historical Commission and helped publish the Book of the XVth Brigade;  Later with Commissariat Service and Editor of The Volunteer,  Served at Jarama, Returned to the US on April 15, 1939 aboard the George Washington, WWII Armed forces, d. December 12, 1991.

Sources: Sail, SACB, Cadre, RA, ALBA PHOTO 173 John Tisa Photographs; [John Tisa]The Story of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion: Written in the Trenches of Spain (1938), Recalling the Good Fight, The Palette and the Flame, Recalling the Good Fight, Ancestry.

Photograph: Tisa in Spain and in WWII, courtesy Benedict Tisa.

 

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Additional Notes Tisa was one of the first American volunteers to reach Spain, most likely in the second group of arrivals. He was also probably the last American volunteer to leave, except for the prisoners still in jail. He was in Spain from January 1937 until February 1939. In the Fall of 1938 his assignment at International Brigade Headquarters in Barcelona was to assemble detailed, complete documentation on the military and political role of American volunteers in Spain. In the Spring of 1938 he became the editor of Volunteer for Liberty, succeeding Edwin Rolfe. With respect to the Spanish Civil War, Tisa's writing and editing is particularly important.