Australian Left Review

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Reminiscences of the Spanish Civil War


Sam Aarons


The Spanish Civil War started on July 18,1936, soon after the election of the progressive government which overthrew the monarchy and established the Republic of Spain. Republican Spain had aroused world-wide interest -- everyone was watching to see what would happen. July 18 was the day on which the Workers’ Olympiad was to have started in Spain and many people, contestants in the Olympiad and those who had gone to watch, stayed there and formed the nucleus of what became the International Brigade.