Shiff, Solomon.

Biography

Shiff, Solomon. (Schiff); b. December 22, 1911, Russia; Russian American; Jewish; Primary school education; Single; Photographer and Locksmith; CP January 1937 and Spanish CP; Received Passport# 391242 on April 15, 1937 which listed his address as 62 West 124th Street, NYC (135-18 Rockway, Boulevard, So. Bronx Park, Long Island, New York); Sailed June 23, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on July 6, 1937; Served with the XV Brigade, Lincoln-Washington Battalion; 24th Battalion, Co. 3; Brigade Service Sanitaire; 15th Corps Sanitaire first with XIII Brigade then with 35th Division as an ambulance Driver; Served at Quinto, Belchite, Teruel, and the Ebro Offensive; WIA September 1937; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII served in the Merchant Marines; d. February 19, 2000.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 981, ll. 39-40 (under Schiff, Sam); (obituary) Alan Jay Rom, “Sam Schiff,” The Volunteer, Volume 23, No. 5, Winter 2001, p. 21.
Photograph: Sam Shiff (Schiff) in Spain 1938. VALB/ALBA.