La Révolution Espagnole

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La Révolution Espagnole

In July 1936 the fascist troops of Franco invaded Spain and while this blog is dedicated to life in France, it impossible to live in this area and not acknowledge this history between the two neighbouring countries.

December 1 and 2, was an exhibition showcasing The sons and daughters of the Spanish Republicans and Children of the Exodus. The author, Gérard Baylet, was on hand to share a wealth of documents, art work, and numerous artifacts from the period.

In his book, LA RÉVOLUTION ESPAGNOL, the author guides you along the footsteps of his grandfather, Simon. Experience the day-to-day of Simon as he enlisted in July 1936 with the Spanish Republicans to fight the troops of Franco. It is through Simon’s letters home to his wife, Andréa, that we discover the journey these soldiers faced.

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Le livre

The war for family, country and the struggle for liberty led many to cross The Pyrenees and integrate into the local population. This was not to be the first time that war has changed the boundaries and/or culture between the countries of Spain and France. There influence is all about us here.

FFREEE, Fils et Filles de Républicains Espagnols et Enfants de l’Exode, is an association of ancestors who are committed to collecting, conserving, artifacts and information then disseminating the information through conferences, expositions, publications and cultural events. They were kind enough to lend a number of items to this exhibit.

While I do apologise for the quality of some of the photos, I thought they were important and should be shared regardless. I only wish I could include all the photos that I took.

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Bisous,

Léa

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5 thoughts on “La Révolution Espagnole

  1. Glad you posted this. I need to do a post on Struthof in Alsace where the European resistance were imprisoned by the Third Reich. People are forgetting that 14.5 million people were in concentration camps in WWII, around 50 million in total died from this war. Important post. Thank you.

    1. Cindy, one of the most beautiful beaches here was the site of a concentration camp in the supposedly “un-occupied” part of France. Years ago, while still living in southern California, I visited the Simon Wiesenthal Museum in Los Angeles. I wrote two poems while in a trance-like state, according to the friend who was with me. He found me sitting on the floor in a hall staring at a painting done by a survivor. Over the years, I have had a number of friends who had numbers burned onto their arms. Merci!

  2. Lea-
    Due to reading this post it compelled me to write a post, which I will post tomorrow about Struthof. I guess I was avoiding the post somewhat. I thought France had only one concentration camp. But it so easy to get bogged down in this numbers thing, which is partially what stops me from posting. I don’t want flak from anyone who is in love with their particular numbers. Obviously France had multiple detention centers, prisons, interrogation facilities etc. The number I am going with on concentration camp deaths is 11.5-14 million dead, war dead 62 million plus, whole towns in China were obliterated with no records. Russian war dead estimates start at 22 million. Incomprehensible.
    Thanks for the motivation.

    1. Cindy-

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

      Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

      In the face of those truths, I must ask myself why anyone would want these atrocities to be “forgotten”. Is it because the “blueprint” for such events (propaganda, loss of rights…) is being used for the next atrocity? Numbers, like the history they “tell” are skewed by the impression the writer wants to leave us with. Are they credible? As for News and Media… “The first casualty of war is the truth.” – While this quote is often attributed to Hiram Johnson, it appears to be a mis-quote of what he actually said but it does ring true for me.

      I shall read your post with much interest and wish you bon courage et bon chance!

      1. That is the scariest part. There have already been other Genocides, other fascist governments and groups, and they receive little attention, or push back, which simply means, it will and has, happened again.The resistant movement in WWII was more widespread than most people know and they were so incredibly brave. That is hopeful. That people of conscience can topple the corrupt. Thanks for reading/commenting.

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