1st Edition

Untold Stories of the Spanish Civil War

Edited By Raanan Rein, Susanne Zepp-Zwirner Copyright 2024
    284 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first scholarly volume to offer an insight into the less-known stories of women, children, and international volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

    Special attention is given to volunteers of different historical experiences, especially Jews, and voices from less-researched countries in the context of the Spanish war, such as Palestine and Turkey. Of an interdisciplinary nature, this volume brings together historians and literary scholars from different countries. Their research is based on newly found primary sources in both national and private archives, as well as on post-essentialist methodological insights for women’s history, Jewish history, and studies on belonging. By bringing together a group of emerging and senior scholars from different countries, we highlight the polyphony of voices of diverse individuals drawn into the Spanish Civil War. Contributors to this volume have explored new or little-researched primary sources found in archives and documentary centers, including papers held by relatives of the people we study.

    The volume is aimed at both scholarly and non-scholarly public, including any readers interested in the Spanish Civil War, twentieth-century European history, Jewish studies, women’s history, or anti-fascism. This volume can be used both in undergraduate college courses and in postgraduate university seminars.

    1. Foreign Volunteering: New Trends in the Historiography

    Nir Arielli

    2. Madrid est près de Berlin: An Untold Story from the Spanish Civil War in the German Federal Archive

    Susanne Zepp

    3. Jewish Women Fighting for Social Justice on Both Sides of the Mediterranean

    Raanan Rein

    4. "Fighting Other People’s War": Arab Palestinian Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

    Omri Elmaleh

    5. Progressive Education on the Eve of the Civil War and the Question of Its Destruction by the Franco Regime

    Jorge Cáceres, Tamar Groves, and Mariano González Delgado

    6. Social and Literary Engagement: Ruth Rewald and the Children of the Spanish Civil War

    Lena Hein

    7. Politicizing and De-Politicizing Childhood: The Case of the North Stoneham Basque Children’s Camp

    Dror Sharon

    8. Between Chicos de España and "Homenaje al pueblo español": Toward an Interpretation of Samuel Glusberg’s Solidarity from the Margins

    Rosalie Sitman

    9. A Theater of Diplomacy: Cipriano de Rivas Cherif (1891–1967) and the Spanish Civil War

    Michael Hahn

    10. Como buen republicano – Flamenco and Political Protest in the 1930s

    Shai Efrat

    11. Talking about a Revolution: Federica Montseny and Emma Goldman during the Spanish Civil War

    Catarina von Wedemeyer

    12. Milicianas: Female Combatants on the Screen. Oblivion and the Recuperation of Memories

    Gabriela Jonas Aharoni

    13. Textual Intervention during the Spanish Civil War: Voices of Solidarity from Turkey

    Esra Akkaya

    14. Echoes of Spain: The Recruitment of Yugoslav-Canadian Spanish Civil War Veterans and Their Comrades into the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War

    Michael Petrou


    Dr. Raanan Rein is the Elías Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History at Tel Aviv University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Spain 1936: Year Zero (2018), Populism and Ethnicity: Peronism and the Jews of Argentina (2020), and Jewish Self Defense in South America (2022).

    Susanne Zepp holds the chair in Spanish and Latin American Literatures at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Jewish Literatures in Spanish and Portuguese: A Comprehensive Handbook (with Ruth Fine; 2022) and Disseminating Jewish Literatures: Knowledge, Research, Curricula (2020).