On October 18, 2018, the Wild–Europe platform makes a world call in Berlin to nature conservationists from all over the world who want and can teleworking. They are proposed to go to Spain to develop their current work activity online and, at the same time, to fight side by side with Spanish conservationists to recover the European fauna and the free human being integrated into nature.
Berlin, 18/10/2018. The initiative takes its name from the International Brigades, one of the greatest acts of solidarity in history, when idealists from all over the world arrived in Spain 80 years ago. The difference is that, instead of coming “willing to die”, this time they are invited to come to live a full and exciting life, combining the activity that each one can develop at a distance by Internet, with the experience of recovering and to live with wildlife and to discovery the values of the Paleolithic man that painted Altamira.
THE OTHER INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES OF THE HISTORY
Volunteers from 53 countries came to Spain in 1936 to support the Spanish Republic. Others the insurgents commanded by General Franco, who defended the Old Regime against the democracy. The victory of the Popular Front in the elections of 1936 made conservative sectors fear that the revolutionary left would come to power. The coup d’etat unleashed a civil war that lasted three years.
The million combatants of the Republic were joined by 37,000 foreign volunteers registered in the International Brigades: 9,903 French; 3,805 Polish; 3,002 Italians; 2,341 Americans; 2,217 Germans; 2,095 Yugoslavs; 1,843 British; 1,722 Belgians; 1,066 Czechoslovak;, 1,000 Cubans; 900 Argentines; 892 Lithuanians, Estonians and Latvians; 872 Austrians; 799 Scandinavians; 628 Dutch; 528 Hungarians; 512 Canadians; 408 Swiss; 134 Portuguese and 1,122 from 29 other countries. 9,000 of these volunteers were of Jewish origin, mostly from the United States and Poland. Another 20,000 foreigners served in medical and auxiliary units. In total, 57,000 men and women from 53 countries.
They went to Spain as they could, without support of theirs governments. With the exception of the Soviet Union, whose government sent 2,000 technicians, pilots and military advisers, the aid to the Republican side was organized from below. Many did not belong to any political party when they arrived in Spain. On October 28, 1938, around 250,000 Spaniards paid a farewell tribute to the brigadistas in Barcelona. Dolores Ibarruri said in that act:
“Mothers, when the years go by and the wounds of the war stagnate, when the memory of these painful and bloody days fades into a present of freedom, peace and well-being … talk to your children: tell them about these men of the International Brigades: tell them how, crossing seas and mountains … they came to your homeland, as crusaders of freedom, to fight and die for the freedom and independence of Spain, threatened by German and Italian fascism. home, home, fortune, mother, wife, brothers, children … and came to us to say: Here we are! Your cause, the cause of Spain, is our same cause, is the common cause of all progress and humanity We will not forget you, and when the olive tree of peace blossoms, intertwined with the laurels of the victory of the Spanish Republic, come back!”
In 1996, the Spanish Parliament –democratic since 1977, when King Juan Carlos I dissolved the dictatorship after the Caudillo died in November 1975– recognized the help of the 57,000 men and women of 53 countries of the International Brigades who arrived in 1936 to support the Spanish Republic, granting them Spanish nationality.
in 1945, Franco did the same with some Germans and Italians who helped him. The millions of soldiers who fought on the Franco side included 78,000 Italians, sent by Mussolini; 19,000 Germans, sent by Hitler; 10,000 Portuguese, sent by Salazar and thousand volunteers from other countries.
These new International Brigades call of 2018, alien to political ideologies, recruits volunteers to help the expansion of endangered species of European fauna such as the bison, the bear, the wolf, the beaver or the lynx, and the return to the freedom of domesticated animals, like the uro, the encephala and the tarpan, that is to say, the bull, the ass and the horse, eradicated from their wild state, like the hunter-gatherers of the European Paleolithic, some thosand years ago.