This site is dedicated to the life of
our friend and comrade, the late
U.S. vet Harry Fisher and his fine anti-war-book
Comrades - Tales of
a Brigadista in the Spanish Civil War
Bericht eines US-Interbrigadisten
im spanischen Bürgerkrieg
de un brigadista en la guerra civil española
Harry Fisher in Berlin, April 9, 2001
Photograph courtesy Gabriele Senft
An outstanding book was published in the U.S.
back in 1997, Harry Fisher's Comrades - Tales of a Brigadista in
the Spanish Civil War. In it, the author describes his
experience as a young member of the Abraham-Lincoln-Brigade in the
Spanish Civil War. Back in the early 1950s, Steve Nelson's classic
"The Volunteers" ("Die Freiwilligen") had been published in the German
Democratic Republic in both the German and English languages, however,
close to nothing could be found on this subject here ever since.
Thus, little is known about the fact that 3,000 volunteers from the
United States, too, tried to defeat fascism and to defend democracy in
Finally, the German version of Harry Fisher's
excellent autobiographic documentation was released, published by Pahl-Rugenstein Verlag Nachfolger GmbH, available
since March 2001, just in
time for the authors' 90th birthday. 65 years after the
International Brigades were formed, interested German readers considered
themselves honored to get to know both this wonderful book and its
author, as they welcomed Harry Fisher to Germany in April, 2001.
Another short visit to Germany followed in June 2001.
In October 2001, the Spanish edition of this
fine book was released, translated by Juan Maria Gomez.
Harry Fisher continued his work and completed
the manuscript for his second book in late 2002.
On March 22, 2003, right after attending the
big anti-war demonstration in New York City, Harry Fisher died of a
We miss him.
This one world of ours needs more people like Harry.
Now more than ever.
Let's keep up the fight, his fight.
Photograph Courtesy Jörg Briese