Biographyk-Abramofsky, Bernard (Aibel, Leonard; Abramowski); b. April 21, 1914, Brookland, Kings, New York (March 4, 1919); father Isidore Abramofsky (1891-?), mother Ida (1891-?) Abramofsky; ROTC 3 years and US Army 3rd Infantry, 21st BN, Philippines, Private 1934-36; College graduate; Single; Actor; YCL 1934 and CP 1936; Received Passport# 366744 on February 11, 1937 which listed his address as 726 Shepard Avenue, Brooklyn, New York; Sailed February 20, 1937 aboard the Ile de France; Arrived in Spain on March 17, 1937; Group Leader while in training at Figueros; Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, Co. 3, Section 2; Collapsed at Brunete; Noted as shell shocked in first day of batte- Brunete, poor record of work since never returned to line, deserted from Tarrazona on November 10, 1937, Abramofsky and two other deserters Rotter and Wallach were apprehended at the U. S. Embassy Valencia caught in the “Gestapo net”, Returned to Garde Nacional jail where he was in January; Returned to the Lincoln-Washington BN after the Retreats; He was executed behind the lines in May 1938 as the leadership believed that he would be a threat to morale.
Siblings: brothers Sidney (1912-?), and Leonard (1918-?), and sister Selma (1924-?).
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Americans; Inventory North Americans; Washington; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 849, ll. 3, Special List for Personnel Service, Deserters List of Those Now in Spain, January 16, 1938; Opis 6, Delo 855, ll. 28-29; USSDA 2:0376, 52-0381; ALBA 259 – Bernard Abramofsky Papers; Milton Wolff, Another Hill; Peter Carroll, Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, pp. 184-7; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photograph: Bernard Abramofsky, Passport Photograph, 1937.