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"Popular Front" Poster by Parrilla
"Popular Front" Poster by Parrilla
"Popular Front" Poster by Parrilla
"Popular Front" Poster by Parrilla

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This beautiful poster by artist, Parrilla, was created as a tribute to the International Brigades. The words on the poster read, "The Popular Front of Madrid to the Popular Front of the World. Homage to the International Brigades." The work was commissioned and distributed by the International Brigades as a way of popularizing and promoting their cause. Parrilla's poster portrays an anti-fascist volunteer from the Brigades standing in front of Liberty herself. The three pointed star worn on the soldier's chest was the symbol of the Brigades.

The west had an official policy of "neutrality" when it came to the war against fascism in Spain. All of the European countries (Germany and Italy excepted), signed a "nonintervention pact" that cut military aid to the Spanish republic. President Roosevelt introduced legislation to stop the private supply of arms to republican Spain, and American oil companies, chiefly Texaco, supplied Franco's army with the oil vital to it's war making abilities. Nothing was done to bar Nazi Germany or fascist Italy from extending military aid to General Franco's fascist army. Tens of thousands of volunteers from western countries who were eager to fight fascism, defied the west's phony 'neutrality' and joined the International Brigades, amongst them, Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell. The American Abraham Lincoln Brigade fought fascist troops on Spanish soil, but when they returned home to the States they were accused of being communists and "premature anti-fascists." They suffered harassment and persecution during the McCarthy anti-communist witch hunts.
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