| Abe Osheroff (October 24, 1915 - April 6, 2008)
Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students has been established at the University of
Washington Center for Human Rights in Seattle. It will provide support for students who engage in
human rights projects that are consistent with Abe’s legacy. The endowment states:
“It is the donor’s intent that awards from this endowment go to support students’ active
participation in human rights projects that promote social change through direct action.
Specifically, students will partake in projects through direct engagement in areas that are
consistent with the legacy of Abe Osheroff, a lifetime human rights activist, including but not
limited to economic justice, environmental justice, labor rights, women’s rights, and or
minority/indigenous rights. High priority will be given to projects that focus on the adverse
consequences of the policies or actions of our government, or our institutions and
corporations, on disadvantaged people in our country or abroad.” (Click here for full text)
All contributions are tax deductible. For more info please go here.
Checks should be payable to: University of Washington Foundation/Abe Osheroff Endowment
Please mail donations to: Gunnel Clark, 2100 N 128th Street, Seattle WA 98133
You may also donate online by clicking here
A Brief Biography
(from the Seattle PI)
Abe Osheroff: "One foot in
the grave, the other still
A new film by Nadeem Uddin
(for more info click above)
Abe's award winning 1974 film
about the Spanish Civil War
(available in DVD w/new
introduction by Abe)
Art in the Struggle
Abe's film about the art,music, &
poetry of the Spanish Civil War
(only available in VHS)
To order any of the above films
or call 206-364-4521
|From Gunnel Clark: My dearest Abe is gone...
The chair in the living room is empty, but I feel his
presence everywhere and will for always.
As I and our families and friends are full of sadness
about Abe’s sudden death, we at the same time feel great
joy about how he lived the last days of his life to capacity,
true to his spirit.
We undertook a seemingly impossible journey to San
Francisco to attend the unveiling of the monument for the
Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a beautiful creation of onyx
plates, hung in iron frames and engraved with quotations
and pictures from the Spanish Civil war. It was a “crazy”
thing to do, but Abe was determined. After all, the trip to
Spain in his youth was also a “crazy” undertaking.
Traveling with us was our dear friends Howard Gale and
Tony Geist. We could not have made the trip without them.
We packed a rental van full of all the equipment needed
to make the journey as comfortable as possible including
his recliner chair with booster platform, his “home” for the
last few years. It went with us everywhere, including to the
monument in case he needed it.
In Portland we met up with Abe’s daughter Sara and
family, and in Berkeley we stayed with Abe’s son Dov and
his family, joined by son Nick from Los Angeles. Thus he
spent his last days surrounded by family and friends,
soaking up all that love that he so craved and gave so freely,
with one of his grand- daughters like a necklace around his
neck and both granddaughters Isabel and Cleo entertaining
him with puppet theater.
At the unveiling of the monument Abe gave an inspiring
speech, true to form.
We made it safely home. Three days later Abe died of a
heart attack. It all went very fast and I do not think he knew
what was happening. I’m grateful that I was with him when
he died and that he was allowed to die at home. It was a
glorious ending of a beautiful life, well-lived.
Thank you all for your love and friendship and please
share your thoughts and comments with us on the blog we
set up for that purpose: http://AbeOsheroff.blogspot.com
I hope you’ll join us for a rousing celebration of
Abe’s life 2:00 PM Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at Seattle Town
|Above: Onyx panel, a part of the San Francisco Monument to the
Abraham Lincoln Brigade, March 30, 2008.
Left: Abe in Mississippi, summer of 1964.
|Above, from left: Marcos Armendariz, Tony Geist, Gunnel Clark, & Sara Osheroff with Abe in Portland, March 25, 2008.
Below: Unveiling of the National Monument to The Abraham Lincoln Brigade, located on The Embarcadero (in the M Justin Herman Plaza) in San Francisco,
March 30, 2008. To see more pictures of the monument click here and here.
|Above: Abe in Spain during
the Spanish Civil War.
|Left: Abe and Gunnel with
their children and
Recent media coverage of Abe (click on the underlined title to view):
The London Times (4/29): Abraham Osheroff - Inveterate activist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and went on to espouse a series of left-wing causes in the US...
Associated Press (4/20): U.S. honors Spanish Civil War Veterans
El Pais (4/16): Abe Osheroff, brigadista que luchó en la Guerra Civil española
ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos (4/13): In Memoriam - Lives of Note
The New York Times (4/11): Abe Osheroff, Veteran of Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Dies at 92
Robert Jensen (4/9): The End of Osheroff's Dance: Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love
Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! (4/8): Abe Osheroff, 92, Veteran of Abraham Lincoln Brigades, Dies
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (4/7): Abe Osheroff, 1915-2008: He led a rich life of activism
Click here to contribute or read personal remembrances & stories about Abe
Abe's last speech, at the unveiling of the San Francisco Monument to the Lincoln Brigade,
March 30, 2008
View the QuickTime or YouTube movie of Abe's San Francisco speech
|To see more
pictures of Abe,
friends, and family