Istvan Kovacs

Alternate name(s): 
Stefan; Kovacz; Kovach; Kovaks; Kovaez
Nickname: 
Steve
Date of birth: 
Wednesday, 23 September 1903
Ethnicity/Nationality: 
Hungarian
Profession: 
mechanic
Hometown(s): 
Toronto, Ontario; Lethbridge, Alberta; Cober, Romania
Date of immigration to Canada: 
Monday, 30 April 1928
Political affiliation: 
Communist Party of Canada
Affiliations to union and social groups: 
Canadian Labour Defence League
Approximate date arrived in Spain: 
1937-08-30
Unit: 
13 Brigade Rakosi Battalion, munitions truck driver; Mackenzie Papineau Battalion, Sanidad as a driver
Final status: 

WIA 13 April 1938 at Lerida, hospitalized from 14-24 April; WIA again 4 August 1938, hospitalized at Santa Coloma 6-14 August; Survived; Returned to Canada on 3 February 1939 on the Duchess of Richmond; Served with the Canadian Army during World War II; Mackenzie Papineau Veterans Association (Toronto)

Other: 
Kovacs' file notes he spoke Hungarian, English, Romanian, German, Spanish
Sources: 
RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 342, ll. 28-32; Momryk; Petrou; Ancestry; Hoff