Miller, David

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David Miller (1908-1977), a lawyer from the Bronx, joined the Communist Party in 1932 and sailed for Spain in April 1938. In the course the war he conducted radio broadcasts from Albacete and Madrid for the Voice of Spain. While in Spain he trained at Madrigueras and Tarazona with Edward Lending. After returning from Spain he split form the Communist Party. He found himself in a state of tension with the leaders of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) and for a period was out of contact with the organization. He was close with Fredericka Martin and helped her with research and encouragement on her book about the American Medical Bureau’s activities in Spain. He took a great interest in the VALB archive at Brandeis University and was in touch with the archivist Victor Berch. Miller was also a supporter of Israel and bonded in this area with fellow Vet Edward Lending. A dream of his was to visit Israel and record the life stories of the Spanish veterans living there; unfortunately he passed before this could occur.

Edward Isaac Lending (1912-2003) fought with the International Brigades in Spain and later served in the United States Army during World War II. After returning to the U.S. in December 1938, Lending became a member of the Executive Board of the Veterans of the Abraham Brigade (VALB).While Lending had been devoted to the Communist Party between 1935 and 1943, his disillusionment with policy dictated by Soviet Party leadership had been growing at least since the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939 to the point where he completely severed ties with the Party in 1943. Around this time Lending also grew critical of the VALB organization for what he perceived to be its rigid political orthodoxy. Another effort to which Lending devoted much time and energy was raising awareness of Jewish participation in the Spanish Civil War. In this he found a partner in David Miller.

Vincent Lossowski (1914- 1984) fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and served with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II under the direction of General William Donovan helping to organize anti-Nazi guerrilla actions. He left the Army with the rank of captain in 1945 and was presented with the Legion of Merit. In the 1950s Lossowski was investigated by a Congressional Military Affairs Subcommittee because of his activities in Spain and his ongoing association with the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB). In his later years, Lossowski granted interviews and gave lectures to local college groups about the International Brigades and American participation in the Spanish Civil War. He remained an active member of VALB until his death in 1984 at the age of 70. He had met Lending in Spain and they remained friends.

From the guide to the David Miller Audio Collection., 1975-1976, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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referencedIn Papers of Florynce Kennedy, (inclusive), (bulk), 1915-2004, 1947-1993 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to U.S. Domestic and International Activities . 1982 - 1999. SEEDS OF DESTINY
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn George William Curtis additional correspondence, 1844-1891. Houghton Library
referencedIn MacRae, George W. Papers, 1955-1985. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
referencedIn Stephen Schlein Erik Erikson papers, 1944-1994. Houghton Library
referencedIn Bushnell, David Ives, Jr. (1875 - 1941) Collection Records, 1845 - 1942 Peabody Museum Archives
referencedIn Records of the College of Agriculture, University of California, 1881-1945 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Guide to the David Miller Oral Histories on American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1975-1976 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn William Upcott papers, 1650-1881. Houghton Library
referencedIn Documents relating to Charles Sumner, 1828-1912. Houghton Library
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Papers, 1882-1977. Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
referencedIn J. Gus Liebenow, Collection, 1949-1999 Liberian Collections
referencedIn Academic Affairs: International Program Records, 1970-1995 Whitworth University Archives
referencedIn Memoirs of the life of the Right Honourable Richard Brinsley Sheridan, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library
referencedIn A LARGE COLLECTION of Legal Case's, with the Opinions of eminent Counsel, often Autographs, between the years 1639 and 1757 ; made, apparently,by Richard Richardson,of London. Among them are;-Papers concerning the park and bailiffship of Muggleswick,..., 1540-1757 British Library
referencedIn The life of Edmund Kean : from published and original sources, extra-illustrated Houghton Library
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associatedWith Bibring, Grete L. person
associatedWith Curtis, George William, 1824-1892 person
correspondedWith David Ives Bushnell, Jr. person
associatedWith Hawkins, Frederick William, 1849-1900 person
associatedWith Kennedy, Florynce person
associatedWith Lending, Edward Isaac, 1912-2003 person
associatedWith Liebenow, J. Gus person
associatedWith Lossowski, Vincent, 1914-1984 person
associatedWith MacRae, George W. person
associatedWith Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 person
associatedWith Niebuhr, H. Richard (Helmut Richard), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Schlein, Stephen, collector. person
associatedWith University of California, 1868-1952. College of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845 person
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Muggleswick, Durham
Haughton, Durham
Spain |x History |y Civil War, 1936-1939 |v Personal narratives.
Americans--Spain--History--20th century


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