Facing Fascism

New York and the Spanish Civil War

March 23 - August 12, 2007

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"No men ever entered the earth more honorably than those who died in Spain." Ernest Hemingway, 1939

Between the years of 1936-1939, an estimated 1,000 Americans, many from New York, died fighting to protect the elected government of the Spanish Republic against a rebellion led by General Francisco Franco and backed by Hitler and Mussolini. Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War examines the role that New Yorkers played in the conflict, as well as the political and social ideologies that motivated them to participate in activities ranging from rallying support, fundraising, and relief aid, to fighting—and sometimes dying—on the front lines in Spain. The stories of these New Yorkers will be told through photographs, letters, uniforms, weapons, and an array of personal and historical memorabilia.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication of the same title, edited by Peter N. Carroll and James D. Fernandez, and co-published by New York University Press and the Museum of the City of New York (March 2007).


Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War is a collaborative project of the Museum of the City of New York, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, Instituto Cervantes New York, and Tamiment Library, NYU.

Lead funding comes from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., with additional generous support from the Fundacion Pablo Iglesias.

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