Abraham Lincoln Brigade reunion to celebrate humanitarian legacy

The Lincoln Vets represent a life-long commitment to international humanitarianism.

Less well known is that their work on behalf of the 500,000 refugees of the Spanish Civil War—like the Brigadistas, border crossers—helped lay the basis of refugee relief as we know it today.

In this homage to the Lincoln volunteers, we are proud to feature never before seen work by Robert Capa and David “Chim” Seymour, pioneers of modern war photography, from the “Mexican Suitcase” —three cardboard boxes containing 128 rolls Spanish Civil War images that were long thought to have been lost forever.

A little over a year ago, this “holy grail of war photography” was turned over to the International Center of Photography, which is allowing ALBA to share some of these images with you.

Join us for an afternoon of music, photography, film and conversation to honor the enduring legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Our program features:

Oberlin College professor Sebastiaan Faber on the newly discovered Capa and Seymour photographs of the Brigadistas and refugees, refugee photos by Walter Rosenblum and rare Spanish Civil War footage (courtesy of the Rosenblum Family and Tamiment Library).

Angela Giral, director emeritus of Columbia’s Avery Architectural Library and granddaughter of the Prime Minister of the Spanish Republic, on the Refugee Experience.

Perry Rosenstein, president of the Puffin Foundation, on Remembering the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Songs of the Spanish Civil War directed by Bruce Barthol.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, 2p.m. The Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute Alliance Française 55 East 59th Street (Between Park and Madison Avenues) New York, N.Y. 10022

Tickets: $50, $20 for students with ID Click here to buy tickets