Originally Posted by Drusus Nero
If Mr Picasso and other rich intellectuals cared greatly about the very people copping the brunt of the empty ideology, well, why didn't they simply empty their own pockets?
First, at the time "rich" and "intellectual" were not often found in the same person.
But, second, many of those intellectuals, often not that rich, who felt strongly for the Spanish Republic gave more than money: they gave their time, their blood, and sometimes their lives.
I have already mentioned Orwell and Felicia Browne. They were there, fought, and the latter was killed.
Simone Weil was there, served, and was wounded in a camp life accident. A good thing too, given that while she was away to recover, her unit was wiped out.
Thomas Wintringham was a Communist intellectual - he served, became commander of the British Battalion, and was wounded.
Luigi Longo was one of the founders of the Italian PCI, and served as an officer with the Garibaldi Battalion.
Hans Beimler was nothing less than a member of the Reichstag, for the KPD. Died fighting in Spain.
Ludwig Renn was a Communist writer and served as officer in the staff of the XI IB.
Carlo Rosselli was a historian, philosopher and journalist. Volunteered and served in an independent Italian early unit, and was wounded. Later assassinated by French Fascists while convalescing in France.
Many of these guys initially went there as reporters in some capacity (for newspapers, or for their party, or something). Then they were unable to maintain detachment, and joined the fight, often in auxiliary duties - as PR officers, unit/army/government newspapermen, or in some other rear echelon capacity. And then many simply moved on to combat duties.
Some other foreigners like these managed to maintain that detachment and remained reporters, writers, photographers, such as Hemingway, Capa, Taro. The latter name points out that even in that capacity one could get killed, while reporting from too close to the front. That's what happened to her.
I could probably list more, if you wish.