Biographyk-Ofsink, Melvin (Offsink); b. September 13, 1910, NYC; Graduate St. Johns Law School; Single; Lawyer, legal staff International Labor Defense; CP 1936, National Lawyers Guild; Spanish CP; Received Passport# 361878 on January 15, 1937 which listed his address as 1035 Hegeman Avenue, Brooklyn, New York; Sailed February 6, 1937 aboard the Paris; Arrived in Spain on February 17, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Co. 2, Section 1, Group 1; Post Pingarron Co. 1; Tarazon as instructor after discharge from hospital September 13 to 22, 1937, OTS beginning September 14, 1937; Lincoln-Washington BN; Rank Teniente; Served at Jarama, Brunete, The Retreats; WIA July 13, 1937 at Brunete; Reported MIA April 3, 1938, near Gandesa during the Retreats; Spoke Yiddish and English.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; BN 58 Retreats; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 957, ll. 49-53, 52 is a summary of OTS; USSDA 2:0809, 58:0370. Code A
Photograph: Max Krauthhamer and Melvin Ofsink. Courtesy Harry Fisher.