Jack Shirai, a japanese in the International Brigades

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Jack Shirai, a japanese in the International Brigades

Post by Kiesel » 12 Jul 2004 22:00


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Post by Kiesel » 12 Jul 2004 22:08

JACK SHIRAI
JAPANESE - AMERICAN VOLUNTEER, KILLED
AT VILLANUEVA DE LA CANADA, -- JULY, 1937.
I hear that Comrade Shirai fell.
Who did not know him?
His funny pidgin English,
His smiling eyes,
And his brave heart
Made him loved as a brother
In the Abraham Lincoln Battalion,
JACK SHIRAI of Hakodate
Son of Japanese earth.
Re went to America
Because at home there was no bread;
Became a cook in Frisco.
His art tickled the palates
Of the richest playboys of the city.
In the summer of nineteen hundred thirtysix
as the newspaper wrote,
In Europe, in Spain,
The Fascist wolf had come out to murder.
Jack Shirai packed his few things
And was among the first
To come from America
Helping the Spanish people in their fight
For human rights.
When the bullets whistled
And the tearing shell, burst
Then the boys of the Lincoln Battalion
Watched Jack Shirai.
He had a laughing heart!
Once (in June on the Jarama)
He was sent as a cook
Behind the lines to a hospital.
They liked him there--the sick,
'The wounded, everybody.
And the village farmers talked often
Of the Japanese who had come so far for
them.
But one day he ran away,
Back to the lines--to the front.
In the North, when we cracked
The ring around Madrid,
He was there as we stormed Brunette,
And Villanueva de la Canada.
As the night was bright
With the shine of the Burning towns,
Torn by exploding bombs
And the voices of the great guns,
JACK SHIRAI FELL.
The Abraham Lincoln Battalion
Of the People's Army of Freedom,
And the Japanese proletariat,
Will not forget him.
LUDWIG D.


from http://www.alba-valb.org/volpdf/vol_1938_01.pdf

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Post by mars » 12 Jul 2004 23:33

JACK SHIRAI was a cook in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion of the 15th International Brigade, he accepted this position with great reluctance, he wanted to fight at the front, however he was persuaded to accept this job but he was allowed to take a rifle with him when he was cooking ! Later he participant the Brunte offensive, and was killed when storming nationalist lines. There is a brief description of Jack Shirai in Peter N. Carroll's book "The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade:Americans in the Spanish Civil War"

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Re: Jack Shirai, a japanese in the International Brigades

Post by liki » 13 Jul 2004 15:53

Kiesel wrote:http://www.noticiasdenavarra.com/ediciones/20030202/cultura/d02cul1108.php (spanish)


Offtopic: It is very interesting too the text in the same page about the Euskera (basque lenguage) during the battle of Guadalcanal to japanese despair.

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Post by Veronica » 01 Aug 2004 20:20

Some interesting information appear in the internet time ago, that's the "retro-link":

http://web.archive.org/web/200307181753 ... le&sid=566

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Post by Kim Sung » 20 Dec 2007 09:50

A poster of the International Brigade modelled after Jack Shirai

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http://homepage3.nifty.com/borracho/jack%20shirai.html

He was forstered at an orphanage in Hakodate until he fled from there at the age of 15. That's why there is a rumor that he is of a Korean lineage. He worked as a cook in a Japanese restaurant in New York before he went to Spain in 1937.

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