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Person - Prago, Albert (1911-1993)

Prago, Albert (1911-1993)




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Fechas de existencia:

New York  1911-11-17 - Florida (Estados Unidos)  1993-07-31


Albert Prago was born on November 17, 1911, in New York City. His parents were Latvian Jewish immigrants. Although he was not religious, his Jewish cultural identity is reflected in his later research on Jewish involvement in the Spanish Civil War. He joined the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) in 1934. Before going to Spain, he was charter member of the Local 453 of the American Federation of Teachers, and taught social sciences in the Works Projects Administration (WPA), an adult education project.

He sailed March 10, 1937, aboard the "Queen Mary" and arrived in Spain on March 25, 1937. He served with the Washington Battalion of the 15th Brigade, as Anglo-American editor of the International Brigades' daily newsletter and as the battalion's interpreter. During the second battle of Belchite on March 10, 1938, he was wounded in the thigh by mortar fire and in addition, the complications from osteomyelitis required him to spend over a year in the hospital before his recovery was complete.

He returned to the United States aboard of the "President Harding" on August 27, 1938, and pursued a career in teaching and research. He published several books and articles on labor history, Latin-American history and the Spanish Civil War, earned a Ph.D. in history in 1976 from Union Institute and University, taught at various universities and colleges, and co-edited the 1987 anthology "Our Fight" with fellow Lincoln Brigade veteran Alvah Bessie. His publications on the Spanish Civil War and the International Brigades include several articles exploring the roles of Jews and women in the conflict. He is the author of "The Revolution in the Spanish America", published in 1970, and "Strangers in Their Own Land: a History of Mexican American", published in 1973.

Prago retired to West Palm Beach, Florida where he continued to publish historical articles and remained actively involved with the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade until his death, in July 1993.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

New York in 1911-11-17

Lugar de Defunción:

Florida (Estados Unidos) in 1993-07-31


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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