Person - Goff, Irving (1911-1989)

Goff, Irving (1911-1989)

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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

New York  1911-08-29 - Los Ángeles (California, Estados Unidos)  1989-05-19

History:

Irving Goff was born on August 29, 1900/1911 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a premier body builder and worked as an adagio dancer and professional acrobat before becoming an organizer for the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) in New York on June 1935.

Goff sailed on February 20, 1937 aboard of "Ile de France" and arrived in Spain on March 7, 1937. He joined the International Brigades, working as a driver. In December 1937, he volunteered for dangerous guerrilla operations which frequently required him to work behind enemy lines. Working with fellow International Brigadiers Alex Kunslich and William Aalto, Goff was trained by Soviet instructors in the use of pressure-sensitive explosives to destroy railroad tracks, bridges and power lines. One of their objectives was the destruction of the main supply bridge spanning the Albarracín River.

In 1937, Goff took part in the Battle of Teruel, working behind enemy lines again with Kunslich, Aalto and Spanish guerrillas. On 23 May, 1938, Goff took part in the successful amphibious operation at Carchuna, Motril, on the southern coast of Spain, which resulted in the rescue of 300 Republican prisoners. This raid constitutes the only operation of its kind ever undertaken by the Spanish Army.

He returned to the US on February 4, 1939 aboard the "President Harding". Once home, he resumed his activities in the Communist Party, and continued to campaign for the Spanish cause, and in 1941, he was approached by former Abraham Lincoln Battalion commander Milton Wolff to work for British intelligence through the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

After the Second World War, Goff became the district organizer in New Orleans of the CPUSA. During Henry A. Wallace's 1948 presidential campaign, Goff encouraged black voter registration and jeopardized his life on several occasions by ignoring southern racial customs.

Irving Goff died on May 19, 1989 in Los Angeles after a longtime heart condition and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

 
Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

 

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United States

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United States

New York in 1911-11-07

Lugar de Nacimiento:

New York in 1911-08-29

Lugar de Defunción:

Los Ángeles (California, Estados Unidos) in 1989-05-19

Subjects

Sources

Martínez Reverte, Jorge (2014), Martínez Reverte, Jorge, Guerrilleros y traidores. De la guerra de España a la guerra fría. Madrid, Círculo de Lectores, 2014

Related Authorities

Aalto, William (1915-1958)  ( He/She is friend with )

Associative relations :

XIV Cuerpo de Ejército Guerrillero. 48 División (España)  ( He/She is a member of )

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Jewish Virtual Library

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