SALUD ! to Moe Fishman (1915-2007)
The Unrepentant Communist posts this moving obituary for Moe Fishman, International Brigade veteran. It is sad to see the passing of this generation of honourable men and women, many working class Jewish children of immigrants. My grandfather, a Communist in New York at the same time as Fishman, idolised people like Moe, who made the journey to Spain. As a child, the "International Brigade" conjured up the noblest form of heroism.
As I got older, and developed politically, I came to see the ignoble side of the International Brigade, its use by Moscow to destroy dissident forms of anti-fascism in Spain. I realised things were not as black and white as fascism versus anti-fascism. So the passing of people like Fishman touches me in another way too: the tragedy of noble impulses used so wrongly.