Person - Postek, Stanley (1912-1991)

Postek, Stanley (1912-1991)




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Massachusetts (Estados Unidos)  1912-02-05 - 1991


Postek, Stanley (originally named as Ladislaus Ferdinand Szeliga) was born on the 5th of February 1912 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He adopted his cousin's name when he ran away from home as a teenager. He left school in the mid-thirties to become a sailor and union organizer for the International Seamen's Union of America, and a founding member of the National Maritime Union. In 1937 Postek became a light heavyweight boxing champion. In May 1938, he sailed to Europe aboard the "Manhattan" to join the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.

In Spain, Postek was initially assigned to the Canadian Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, and subsequently transferred to the Machine Gun Company of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. He was seriously injured in August 1938. When the International Brigades were evacuated that November, Postek, who was in a hospital, was left behind. In January 1939, he walked over the border into France and was immediately detained in the Argeles-sur-Mer concentration camp, where he almost died of septicemia. A week later, Postek managed to escape from the camp with the help of a journalist from the Paris Herald Tribune. Without a passport or any identification, Postek spent a period of rehabilitation in a Paris hospital, and finally returned to New York as a stowaway on the 10th of May 1939 aboard of the "Collamer".

Postek served in World War II as a merchant seaman. After the war, he joined the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. He was one of 2,000 seamen barred from employment by the Coast Guard during the Korean War for his association with the Communist Party. Postek kept working with the Marine Worker's Historical Association, as well as teaching several college courses, after he retired. In the 1960s, he ran a successful macramé shop in Greenwich Village, the Rope Gallery, adapting his sailor's knot-tying expertise to a new craft. Postek died in 1991 at his home in San Diego, California.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Massachusetts (Estados Unidos) in 1912-02-05


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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