“If Madrid falls today, Warsaw will fall tomorrow”

Volunteers of Freedom Association

As the Volunteers of Freedom Association (Stowarzyszenie Ochotnicy Wolności) we work to restore the memory of people, organizations, and movements excluded from the dominant historical narrative. We focus especially on Dąbrowszczacy (members of the Dąbrowski Brigade) – anti-fascists from Poland who volunteered to take part in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) to fight against fascism in defence of the Spanish Republic.

Hands off Dąbrowski Brigade Street!

On 10 April 2019 the Supreme Administrative Court restored the name of the Dąbrowszczaków Street (Dąbrowski Brigade Street) in Warsaw. Our nearly four-year campaign "Hands off Dąbrowski Brigade Street" was a success. During this time we carried out many actions to defend the name of the street and to restore the memory of Polish anti-fascists fighting in the Spanish Civil War.

Polish Volunteers in Almadrones

85 years ago, Antek Kochanek, commander of the Dabrowski Battalion and trade union activist among Polish worker emigrants in France, was killed in the battle for the town of Almadrones. He was one of the first Polish volunteers who came to Spain to fight against fascism.

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Our speech in Madrid

Representatives of our association attended the 85th anniversary of the International Brigades in Madrid. During the opening ceremony, our representative gave a speech, which you can watch below.

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85th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War

On July 17, the Volunteers of Freedom Association (Stowarzyszenie Ochotnicy Wolności) held its annual celebration in Warsaw to commemorate the participation of anti-fascist volunteers from Poland in the Spanish Civil War. This year the commemoration was divided into two parts.

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Klip “Pamiętamy o Dąbrowszczakach!”

Pamięć o Dąbrowszczakach jest wciąż żywa! Mówi o tym kilkanaście osób w specjalnym klipie, który stworzyliśmy w 85. rocznicę wybuchu hiszpańskiej wojny domowej. Działacze związkowi i lewicowcowi, dziennikarze, posłowie, radne pokazują, że wartości polskich antyfaszystów i antyfaszystek walczących w Hiszpanii pod hasłem „za wolność Waszą i naszą” są nadal aktualne.

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