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Historical Memory & the Fight Against Fascism Part II

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This second online panel on the battle for historical memory brings together representatives from commemorative and heritage organisations

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Speakers from the Marx Memorial Library, the Society for Cooperation in Russian and Soviet Studies, the Soviet War Memorial Trust and the International Brigade Memorial Trust will examine challenges faced in light of recent revisionism and ways forward through collaborative educational work.

Jonathan White in the chair

• Ralph Gibson - Society for Cooperation in Russian and Soviet Studies

• Meirian Jump - Marx Memorial Library

• Phil Matthews - Soviet War Memorial Trust

• Jim Jump - International Brigade Memorial Trust

Attendees will be emailed details to log onto the zoom event in advance.

The Soviet War Memorial Trust

The Soviet War Memorial Trust (SWMT) is responsible for ceremonies and events connected with the Soviet War Memorial in London.

The Memorial was unveiled in May 1999 in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, which surrounds the Imperial War Museum in Southwark. It is dedicated to the 27 million Soviet civilians and military personnel who were killed in the Second World War. In 2019 the SWMT became a charity registered by HMRC.

Every year the SWMT organises ceremonies at the Soviet War Memorial marking Holocaust Memorial Day in January, Victory Day on 9 May, and Remembrance Sunday in November. (Due to Covid-19 restrictions and guidance, events in May and Nov 2020 were cancelled.)


The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) aims to promote knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union through its activities and unique library. In 2004 it became a registered educational charity.

The SCRSS is a self-funding membership organisation, founded in 1924 as the Society for Cultural Relations between the Peoples of the British Commonwealth and the USSR (the "SCR"), following the establishment of diplomatic relations between Britain and the new Soviet state. It has continued its work uninterrupted until the present day, including working with, when possible, other states of the former Soviet Union.

The Society was a founder member of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund in 1997, which changed its name on becoming a charity in 2018 to the Soviet War Memorial Trust (SWMT).

For more information see: www.scrss.org.uk

International Brigade Memorial Trust

The IBMT keeps alive the memory and spirit of the 2,500 men and women from Britain and Ireland who volunteered to fight fascism and defend democracy during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. We remember too all those who supported their cause at home.

We bring together families, friends and supporters of the International Brigades, along with labour movement activists, historians and others who share an interest in their extraordinary story.

The IBMT organises and promotes educational, cultural and commemorative activities to preserve the legacy of anti-fascism and international solidarity left by the International Brigades. We also help ensure that the more than 100 memorials in the British Isles to the volunteers – 526 of whom were killed in Spain – are maintained in good order.

We are a registered charity and depend on membership subscriptions and donations to carry out our work.

Marx Memorial Library

The Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School was founded in 1933 in response to the rise of fascism in Europe. Its aim today remains the advance of education, knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Marxism and the history of socialism and working-class struggle. At the heart of the British labour movement for over 80 years, the Library is home to a unique collection of published and archival sources on related subjects, including the Spanish Civil War, trade unionism and peace and solidarity campaigns. The Library's education programme – online and on-site – covers subjects ranging from political and economic theory to socialist art.

The MML is open Wednesday-Thursday 12-5pm for visits by appointment only (as a result of COVID-19). Please email Meirian Jump (m.jump@marx-memorial-library.org.uk), Archivist & Library Manager for further information. Our catalogue can be found here: https://www.marx-memorial-library.org.uk/collections . Information on events can be found here https://www.marx-memorial-library.org.uk/events.

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