On August 26, 2009, 92-year old Matti Mattson travels from his home in Brooklyn to the Spanish Consulate in Manhattan in order to claim his Spanish citizenship. Mattson served in the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer in the International Brigades (1936-39); Spain’s recent “Law of Historical Memory” makes IB veterans eligible for Spanish citizenship, without having to renounce the citizenship of their country of origin.
BioJames D. Fernández (Brooklyn, NY, 1961) received his AB from Dartmouth College in 1983 and his MA and PhD in Romance Languages from Princeton University (1985, 1988). He taught as an Assistant (1988-1994) and Associate (1994) Professor at Yale University, before joining the faculty of NYU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 1995. He served as the founding Director of NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center from 1995-2007.