New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War

New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War

For the first time ever, the story of New Zealand’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War was publicly examined at a highly successful Trade Union History Project¬†seminar on the weekend of 4-5 November 2006.

A number of specialist experts, both academic and otherwise, spoke on subjects such as the New Zealanders in the International Brigade, New Zealand non-combatants such as doctors and nurses, the role of NZ trade unions in the civil war, and the position of the Catholic Church.

The seminar was supported by the History Department at Victoria University. The NZ Film Archive ran a concurrent film festival on the civil war, featuring both locally made and international films. A further element was the reprinting by University of Otago Press of the classic eyewitness account, Defence of Madrid, by the NZ journalist Geoffrey Cox and first published for the Left Book Club in 1937.