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PostDeath of Gabriel Jackson, Hispanist and Historian Extraordinaire (Carmen Negrin, France, 11/07/19 4:25 am)
I just wanted to share this very sad news about the passing of Gabriel Jackson, who was a WAISer and also the first historian to look into the Negrín archive. We spent hours together, opening endless parcels of documents wrapped in Spanish newspaper from 1939.
After work, he would lie down and listen to music or go for a long walk in the streets of Paris, where he had spent so many years.
A good person has left us.
JE comments: A near-centenarian, Gabriel Jackson was the dean of Civil War historians, and also Juan Negrín's biographer. I believe he was never a WAISer in the strict sense, although he corresponded with Prof. Hilton and appeared repeatedly in our discussions. The tribute above is from our colleague Sebastiaan Faber, who describes Jackson's life most poetically: "98 años bien vividos"/98 years lived well.
Carmen, you have lost a great colleague and friend. I am sorry. One classic WAIS post is this 2013 thriller of how the Negrín archives survived Nazi occupation in France:
Many WAISers knew Jackson personally. I hope they'll write in.