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Mirko Markovics


Markovics and Copic

Markovics, Mirko. (Porra Spolea, Jose; Markovicz; Markovich), b. 1907, Stijene, Podgorica, Montenegro, Serbian American, Doctorate in Economics from a KUNMZ Military Academy in the Soviet Union, Commissar in the Red Army with the Rank of Lieutenant, Party Functionary, CP of Yugoslavia 1923, To the US  in 1936 where he headed the CPUSA’s Serbian Section and the Yugoslav Coordinating Bureau, Married, Editor, CP Yugoslavia 1923-1926, CP Soviet Union 1926-1935, CP US 1935; Domicile 5 Chartura 101, Moscow Russia; Arrived in Spain on April 20, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, Commander, became commander of the Lincoln-Washington BN at Brunete, until he was relieved for refusing to order his troops into what he considered an exposed position, rank Capitan; Returned to the US and was held at Ellis Island, then deported to Cuba, later back in the US, Post WWII he returned to Yugoslavia and taught Economics at the University of Belgrade, Imprisoned in 1949 for supporting anti-Tito resolutions, d. 1988, Yugoslavia.

Sources: Cadre (under Markovitch), RA (under Markovich); South Slav, Mirko Markkovic, Dani nezaboravni: Uspomene jednog Interbrigadiste iz Spanije (Unforgettable Days: Memoirs of an Interbrigadist From Spain), Cetinje: 1973.

Photograph:  Mirko Markovics and Vladimir Copic; International Brigade Archive, Moscow: Select Images, Folder 188: Commanders of the 15th International Brigade, 1937-38, Box 1, Folder 3; ALBA Photo 177; ALBA Photo number 177-177068. 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 In 1926 moved to the USSR attended KUNMZ and Military Academy. After earning PHD taught at KUNMZ. In 1935 by order of the CI he went to the US and headed the CPUSA's Servian Section and its Yugoslav Coordinating Bureau. (Ross states used passport under name Spoler Jose Porra)