Person - Colodny, Robert Garland (1915-1997)

Colodny, Robert Garland (1915-1997)




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Arizona (Estados Unidos)  1915-08-05 - 1997


Robert Garland Colodny was born on August 5, 1915 in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), College Columbia University and UC Berkeley. Also, he was a member of the Young Communist League.

In February 20, 1937 aboard the “Ile de France”, Colodny sailed for Spain and arrived on March 17, 1937. He served with the Washington Battalion of the 15th International Brigade. He had been shot in the forehead in Brunete, so he was expected to die, but he recovered. Although he was weak, bandaged and blind of an eye, he was sent back to a front in the Aragon Mountains. It was not long before he had hyperthermia and in March 1938, Colodny was granted permission to leave Spain.

He sailed for the U.S. in April of the same year, partially paralyzed on the left side and half blind.

In 1941, Colodny joined the U.S. Army and served four years. He was briefly assigned to Camp Shenango, Greenville, and stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, where he produced a Company newsletter, The Adakian, designed to boost troop morale, and co-authored the book commissioned by the Army “The Battle of the Aleutians”.

In 1950, Colodny earned his doctorate in history and philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. His Master´s Thesis was on the Spanish Civil War which was later published as “The Struggle for Madrid”. In 1959, he joined the history faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. Two years later, he was accused of being a Communist sympathizer for having made a statement supporting the Cuban revolution. This was one of the last anti-Communist investigations in the nation's history. After stating that he had been misquoted on Cuba and denying membership in the Communist Party, the charges were dropped and he could teach at the University of Pittsburgh until his retirement in 1984.

Colodny remained politically involved in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. He was an active member of VALB, regularly contributing to the group's publication, The Volunteer, and dedicating his energy especially on writing and lecturing extensively on the political implications of the Spanish Civil War. He also edited, consulted and backed many books, radios, films, and television projects on the subject, including works like “The Abraham Lincoln Brigade” by Arthur Landis and “Prisoners of the Good Fight” by Carl Geiser.

Colodny died in 1997.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






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Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Arizona (Estados Unidos) in 1915-08-05


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Biblioteca Nacional de España


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