26 de October de 2019
Democratic memory. Ceremony for justice, responsibility and gratitude towards volunteers from around the wold who fought to defend republican values.
Commemoration of the 81st anniversary of the multitudinous farewell to the International Brigades, which came to help combat fascism during the Spanish Civil War, fighting for the republican side and defending republican values. The ceremony ended with the traditional wreath-laying at the monument ‘David and Goliath’, created by the sculptor Roy Shifrin and installed in Rambla del Carmel in 1988.
The ceremony to commemorate the International Brigades, which fought fascism and defended democracy during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), took place in front of the monument David and Goliath, created by the sculptor Roy Shifrin and installed in Rambla del Carmel in 1988.
The ceremony was organised by the association Amical de les Brigades Internacionals de Catalunya, with collaboration from the Associació Catalana d’Ex-presos Polítics del Franquisme, Memorial Democràtic, the Government of Catalonia, the District of Horta-Guinardó and the Councillor’s Office for Democratic Memory.
Defenders of the Republic
The International Brigades were military units made up of left-wing volunteers from various countries in the world to fight on the republican side in the Spanish Civil War and combat fascism. Concerned about the damaging effects that the internationalisation of the Spanish conflict could have, the London-based Non-Intervention Committee ordered these forces to withdraw.
When they learned of this on 28 October 1938, the republican government organised a send-off for the brigades, which paraded as the public turned out in huge numbers to thank them for their commitment to republican values.