BiographyEider, Louis b. May 10, 1902, Czortkow, Poland, To St. John, Canada on March 19, 1913 and crossed to the US on March 21, 1913, Naturalized June 26, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio; Polish American; father Samuel Eider, mother Rose Eider; Graduated from Ohio State University 1926, then Law School 1926-30; Married (wife Kate Eider); Lawyer for International Labor Defense; CP May 1935; Received Passport# 364242 on January 29, 1937 which listed his address as 12328 Brackland Avenue and 3016 ½ Folsom Street, both Cleveland, Ohio, and California (RGASPI also gives address of 3629 E 151st Street, Cleveland, OH); Sailed February 20, 1937 aboard the Ile de France; Arrived in Spain on March 10, 1937 over the mountains; Served with the Effectivos for Albacete (S1); in August to Tarrazona training with Mac-Pap Co. 1; XV BDE, Mac-Paps; after Fuentes de Ebro he worked for MAJ Crespo, Personnel Section (S1), BDE Estado Mayor; Medical; Attended OTS; Last unit XV BDE Estado Mayor, chief of the Efectives Section (personnel); Rank Soldado; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, Segura de los Baños, The Retreats (Belchite, Gandesa) and Ebro Offensive; In hospital Enfermeria de 35 Division for illness January 23, 1938 to January 30, 1938; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; WWII US Army, enlisted January 1942 discharged January 1946; d. January 29, 1984, Los Angeles, California; Spoke English, German and some Spanish.
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Americans; XV BDE, Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 855, ll. 51-68, includes a long letter to his wife disputing Joe North’s description of the 4th of July (1938) and the Ebro Offensive; ALBA 48, Harriman, #42, Interview with Kate Eider wife of Louis Eider, June 25, 1986; ALBA Audio 66, Arthur H. Landis Oral History Collection, Box 1, item 66-20 [66-102 and 66-103]; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A1
Photograph: Herman “Gabby” Klien and Louis Eider at Mabite, November 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0988. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.