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Rudolph Opera


Opara, Rudolph

Opera, Rudolph. (O’Para; Opara), b. June 22, 1910, Cleveland, Ohio; POW; Machine apprentice;  received passport# 454438 on June 30, 1937, Domicile Ohio; Sailed July 30, 1937 aboard the Vollendam; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, rank Soldado, reported MIA Retreats, Captured April 19, 1938 near the Mediterranean, the Retreats. freed February 22, 1940, Returned to the US on March 17, 1940 aboard the Exiria.

Source: BN 58 Retreats, USSDA 2:0813, 58:0425-0550; POW, Letter in Daily Worker, August 25, 1938, p. 2; Anna Marti and Francisco Cabrera, Escape From Death Row Three Lincoln POWs on Trial, The Volunteer, Vol. 30, No. 4, December 013, pp. 14-17.

Photograph: Rudolph Opara, from a group photograph of POWs on their return to New York on March 17, 1940, VALB/ALBA.




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Letter in DW August 25, 1938, p. 2.


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