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Spain's Cause Was Mine: A Memoir of an American Medic in the Spanish Civil War

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“No man ever entered earth more honorably than those who died in Spain.”Ernest Hemingway

In 1937, Hank Rubin, a twenty-year-old Jewish pre-med student at UCLA, volunteered  for service in the International Brigades combating fascists in the Spanish Civil War. In his illustrated memoir, Rubin reflects on those events, making no apologies for his youthful impulsiveness, bravado, and ideology, but recalling the heroics and sufferings he witnessed and experienced in Spain, as ...

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Illustrated IL 1997 Hard Cover in Dust Jacket First New/New 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 " 0809321599 1997 Hardcover in DJ...BRAND NEW from publisher...Never opened, Never owned, Never ... marked...STILL SEALED in original publisher's shrinkwrap...Excellent Gift Giving quality...192 pages...illustrated...The Spanish Civil War...from the foreword by Peter N. Carroll, author of The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War..." While leaders of the so-called western democracies adopted strategies of appeasement toward the fascist peril...many informed citizens well understood that another world war loomed ahead...unless international aggression could be stopped...Hank Rubin's quick decision on the UCLA Library steps, to join the International Brigades...reflected less the impetuosity of youth...than it did the sound realization...sadly proven prophetic...that Hitler meant to embroil all of Europe in war...Letters written home from Spain by Lincoln brigaders repeated that refrain endlessly...if fa Read more Show Less

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“No man ever entered earth more honorably than those who died in Spain.”Ernest Hemingway

In 1937, Hank Rubin, a twenty-year-old Jewish pre-med student at UCLA, volunteered  for service in the International Brigades combating fascists in the Spanish Civil War. In his illustrated memoir, Rubin reflects on those events, making no apologies for his youthful impulsiveness, bravado, and ideology, but recalling the heroics and sufferings he witnessed and experienced in Spain, as well as the disappointing treatment he received upon his return.

 

A Jewish pre-med student opposes fascists.

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“[Rubin] tells the gripping story of the seventeen months that he served in the International Brigades, sometimes as a soldier, mostly as a medical officer who gave blood transfusions to the wounded and who helped develop the triage system that’s used in hospitals today.

            “Spain’s Cause Was Mine is about Rubin’s own personal journey—by bus and boat and train—from Los Angeles to Barcelona and back to Los Angeles. It’s also about his own rite of passage, his coming of age as a young man—his initiation in battle and bordello—growing a mustache, becoming a lieutenant, and making love for the first time.

            “For readers who don’t know the complex and often tangled history of the Spanish Civil War, Rubin’s memoir is an excellent place to begin.”The [Santa Rosa] Press Democrat

Spain’s Cause Was Mine is not just a soldier’s account of battles lost and won, but a moving and important book that offers a fresh look at the unforgettable journey that the author and his comrades took, a journey that spans most of this benighted century, and is not yet concluded.”The Volunteer

“This engaging memoir gives us a glimpse not only of Rubin’s experience but also of the young men and women who left their homelands to fight for the Spanish Republic. All were not ideologues. Like Rubin, they volunteered for various reasons: they were young men and women seeking adventure, fighting fascism, and searching for the elusive sense of self.”Lancet

 

“[Q]uite gripping . . . . [Rubin’s] contribution is moving, angry, and deeply convincing.”Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809321599
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Rubin is a restaurateur, freelance writer, teacher, and wine critic.

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