By D. P. Stephens
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil struggle is one man's bittersweet account of combating with the foreign Brigades opposed to the forces of common Francisco Franco in Spain from 1936 to 1939. Douglas Patrick (Pat) Stephens was once born in Armenia in 1910 and emigrated along with his family members to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra filthy rich lifestyles was once seriously shaken through the onset of the nice melancholy, and he grew to become to the Communist celebration of Canada in an try to wrestle the political and monetary deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try and overthrow by way of army strength the republican executive of Spain looked as if it would Pat Stephens the right chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist social gathering, he turned one among a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 foreign Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. a number of the volunteers, together with the Canadians, went to Spain opposed to the legislation and the desires in their governments. lots of them by no means got here again. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his spouse Phyllis Stephens almost immediately earlier than his loss of life in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and complicated struggle. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged by means of creeping disillusionment. it's also a compelling depiction of the power, frailty, doubt, and braveness which may end result from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the non-public and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil conflict is a beneficial contribution to our knowing of the clash which right away preceded international conflict II, and of Canada's function in that clash.
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