Person - Rappaport, Irving William (1910-2007)

Rappaport, Irving William (1910-2007)




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Fechas de existencia:

New York  1910-08-10 - 2007-01-17


Irving William Rappaport was born on August 10, 1910, in New York City. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, then to the City College of New York. In 1929 completed 1 year at a business school. He was single and worked as a food worker in a grocery store. He was a member of the Communist Party of the United States of America since 1934.

He sailed for Spain on January 16, 1937, aboard the "Paris". He served in the Lincoln Battalion of the 15th Brigade, fighting in Jarama and Brunete.

In mid-February of 1937, the Lincoln Battalion moved out of their training camp. At Albacete, Rappaport, slightly ill at the time, had been riding on a truck with a few other Americans in the same condition. The ill-fated truck was one of two lost vehicles that later encountered a Nationalist force and was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of Steve Debalko and Leon Torgoff.

On February 27, 1937, when the Nationalist lines were under attack, Rappaport was lying flat behind a tree, next to another wounded American, and he managed to drag the volunteer back to their trenches.

After contracting an illness, he returned to the US on September 24, 1937, aboard the "De Grasse". He returned to New York, where he met and married Florence Kreitzer in 1939. He fought in the Second World War with the US Army, in Infantry, and later to Medical Services stationed in India.

Rappaport died on January 17, 2007, at the age of 96.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

New York in 1910-08-10


(Obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 24, No. 1, March 2007, p.20

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

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