Delmer Berg, Last of American Volunteers in Spanish Civil War, Dies at 100

Here’s a fascinating story from the New York Times–  Delmer Berg, the last known living veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, which fought against Fascism’s advance into Spain in the late 1930s, died on Sunday at his home in Columbia, Calif. He was 100.

His death was confirmed by Marina Garde, the executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives in New York, who said Mr. Berg was believed to have been the only survivor left of the nearly 3,000 quixotic young Americans who volunteered for the Spanish Civil War in a bloody prelude to World War II. About 800 of those who volunteered were believed to have been killed.

One book I read that discuses the Abraham Lincoln Brigades was Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home. This is fascinating history.

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