JEF LAST (1898-1972) if our struggle was not more than a fight against something, if you were not at the same time a fight for increasingly more love, more justice, more freedom and more culture as our soldiers understand it, would be lost in advance: the struggle for culture: that is what brings us together. Jef Last. Speech at the II Congress of writers (Valencia, 1937). THE voice of a great friend of Spain Jef Last, important Dutch intellectual and great friend of Spain, remains a great unknown in our country. However, he had already declared in July 1937 in the Madrid newspaper policy: my enthusiasm for the Spanish people exceeds everything can tell and a man, Jef Last – wrote the poet and journalist Bernardo Clariana in time in Spain-, among so many men like today, who came from the most important corners of the Earth, fighting beside us as real and enthusiastic volunteers.
No event of recent years, war or revolution, has both impressed the people of my country, like the war in Spain. This has been said Jef Last, Dutch poet and writer. Jef Last who has been Secretary of the Alliance of intellectuals from Holland and delegated to the Congress of writers in Moscow in 1934, has published novels and volumes of poetry. Zuirdezee, one of his most famous books, describes the desperate effort of Dutch capitalism to save his country’s economic crisis. Comrades and two worlds are collections of poems in which beats a great social concern.
Songs of sailors refers to painful life of the fishermen of Zuirdezee. There is a poem by Last, translated by Alberti in the collection of the blue monkey. Jef Last came to Spain leaving a foggy country of flowers, in the first days of September, and this explains that he does not fight in the international brigade, but as Lieutenant in the battalion Sergeant Vazquez.