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I N DECEMBER OF 1945, I had received a letter from Dr. Edward K. Barsky, asking me to join the executive board of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee. Since January 1939, when the combined forces of Francisco Franco, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini overthrew the legal Spanish government, bringing the Spanish Civil War to a finish, I had refused no requests for funds or speaking that might help either the survivors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade or the Spanish Republican exiles. I was deeply involved emotionally in the Spanish struggle, and filled with guilt for not volunteering to serve in Spain. I considered Dr. Barsky'S invitation an honor, and I replied enthusiastically that I would be honored to join his board.