BiographyChakin, Abraham Alfred (“Chick”); b. December 28, 1904, Russia to the US in September 1905; Naturalized through father; Russian American; Father Samuel Chakin (1875-?), mother Pauline Chakin (1875-?); Graduated from Cornell University with a BA in 1926; Married Jennie Berman on April 16, 1932; Was working on an MA; ROTC 1 year; Wrestling coach CCNY; CP 1934, Unit Bureau; Received Passport# 216844 on June 20, 1935 which listed his address as 43 East 27th Street, NYC; Sailed July 7, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain via Setcases on July 18, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, Quartermaster; Missing in action March 17, 1938, Caspe, during the Retreats.
Siblings: brother Louis Chakin (1901-?), sisters Bessie Chakin (1903-?), and Mary Chakin (1909-?).
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; Mac-Paps; XV BDE; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 544, ll. 27 (fiche); USSDA 2:0446, 53:0317; Good Fight (Interview with his widow); L-W Tree Ancestry; Passport Application (No photograph). Code A
Photograph: Alfred Chaikin, Mackenzie-Papineau quartermaster, October 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0630. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.