Moe Fishman was only 21 and in the Young Communist League USA, when he volunteered for Spain. Lack of money had made him forget his dreams of university studies. "I had to look for work. My parents had a laundry, so I knew the trade and worked in a large factory. I was a Young Communist League member, and in 1935 I organized a trade union in the factory. The next year I left for Spain."
Fishman was a member of the Washington Battalion, the second to be formed with U.S. participation, but this was decimated and then integrated into theLincoln Brigade. "I joined the fighting at the battle of Brunete; our objective was to take the pressure off Madrid. I was wounded on July 5, 1937, and could not fight again, my leg never recovered and I was sent home in 1938."
All the International Brigades left Spain in September 1938. "We were disenchanted, from the point of view that we wanted to beat the fascists, but we also felt happy because of the way the Spanish people bade us farewell, with love because we had gone to offer help when they were desperately fighting for the Republic."
Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner
On April 28, 1966 Moe Fishman was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.
In 2001 Moe Fishman visited Cuba, where he met with Cuban veterans of the Spanish Civil War.