Τρεις χιλιάδες Αμερικανοί αντιφασίστες πηγαίνουν στην Ισπανία επί Εμφυλίου. Ανάμεσά τους και Ελληνες της Αμερικής, όπως ο Νικ-Μάικ Παππάς. Ο αδερφός του σκοτώθηκε μάλιστα εκεί…
Θυμηθηκα μια λιστα με μικρα βιογραφικα Ελληνων εθελοντων στον Ισπανικο Εμφυλιο που ειχα συναντησει παλιοτερα. Εκει διαβαζουμε για τον τον Παππας και τον αδερφο του:
Pappas Nicos (Mike) – served with the Lincoln Battalion. He was the Machine Gun Company Commander with position as a Sub Lieutenant. A Greek American volunteer, he is the brother of Filippos Pappos. “A tough Greek from New York who had worked in Moscow during the Depression, Nick Pappas, commanded the Machine Gun company.” Fought at Jarama and in the Eastern Front. Returned to New York after the civil war. Pappas Mike served as a soldier with the Lincoln-Washington Battalion. A Greek American volunteer, in the machine-gun company. He fought at Belchite aged 24. In the United States he worked as a metalworker. To Spain he brought one and a half years military experience and a command of English, Greek and Russian. Commander Tom Mooney Company – 18.3.38 until July 1938. Adjutant 4.8.37 until 7.9.37. Fought with the US Army in the Second World War.
Pappas Phillip – killed in action at the battle of Jarama 24 or 27 February (or 27 March) 1937. He served as a soldier with the Lincoln Battalion. From New York City where he worked in the furniture industry, of Greek parents, he arrived on the SS Paris. – arrived Albacete 17 February 1937. Age 19 and a member of the Communist Party of the United States, he was a cadre of the New York Hellenic organisation Spartacus as well as a member of the ‘Greek Athletic Association of New York’. Killed Jarama 24 February 1937.
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