Biographyk-Kunz, John b. December 13, 1903, Jomon Kowel, Poland; Naturalized March 25, 1936, District of Illinois; Polish American; Father Ferdinand Kunz (b. Poland); CP; Received Passport# 360371 on January 8, 1937 which listed his address as 1540 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois; Sailed January 16, 1937 aboard the Paris; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN; Killed in action February 27, 1937 at Jarama.
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; Americans and Canadians Killed in Spain Complete list to November 15, 1937; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 927, ll. 41 fiche with dod. Code A1
Clipping: 3 Chicago Communists Die for Spanish People Daily Worker May 27, 1937, p. 2 Illinois District of Party Pledges to Honor Their Memory by Giving All Possible Aid to Spanish Democracy CHICAGO, May 26. – Expressing its sorrow at the death of thee of its comrades in Spain, the Illinois District of the Communist Party made the following pledge to “Our Fallen Comrades”: “The State Committee of the Illinois Communist Party expresses its grief at the death of Comrade Sam Horzich, Milton Pekow and John Kunz. Members of our Party, when the great call came they were among the first to volunteer unhesitatingly to join the ranks of the Great People’s Army which is battling the beast of fascism on the fields and mountains of Spain. They died the death of heroes. But, though we mourn their death we pledge to avenge them by working to aid Spanish democracy in every moral and material way at our disposal, by forging a mass Communist Party in the State of Illinois, and by building the circulation of the Daily Worker, the paper which has been the staunchest fighter for the cause for which they gave their lives, the cause of Spanish and World Democracy.”— Morris Childs, State Secretary of the Communist Party.
Photograph: John Kunz, passport photograph, 1936.