Marshall Mateer – film, art, writing

Sam Lesser aka Sam Russell

Sam Lesser the IBMT days – a short film I made for the launch of his book ‘I Saw Democracy Murdered’ and shown at Marx Memorial Library in 2022. I interviewed Sam and was lucky enough to become a friend. Sam went to Spain early on and fought in the defence of Madrid. He was wounded at Lopera in January 1937. In the film he recounts his response to reading the first casualty lists from Jarama and being given the job of taking them back headquarters in London before going on to hospital for further treatment for his wounds.