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Scotland's forgotten Spanish Civil War refugee colony

"They arrived in the small Scottish coastal town one afternoon in September 1937, a welcome banner pinned up by the train station - Viva Spain Salud!

"The message of Long Live Spain may have been small comfort to the 24 boys and girls who had arrived in Montrose from the Basque Country, torn away from their families to escape the Spanish Civil War. …"

The Scotsman, June 2016.

Marina del pueblo de Hayes, Northolt

The Struggle over the Evacuation to the United Kingdom and Repatriation of Basque Refugee Children in the Spanish Civil War: Symbols and Souls

"In May 1937, British charities and political activists combined forces to evacuate nearly 4000 Basque children from Spain to the United Kingdom. The evacuation marks one of the great chapters in twentieth century refugee history …"

This is an author produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Contemporary History by Peter Anderson. Read it here.

Marina del pueblo de Hayes, Northolt

Un niño de la guerra de 90 años

Paco Robles (child of the war aged 90 years) from the province of Leon arrived in England in 1937 for three months and is still there. He is one of the niños de la guerra who were evacuated on the steam ship Habana after the bombing of Guernica.

Read this fascinating article (in Spanish) in Diario de Leon.

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Community Spirit is still Alive and Well in North-East

They were the children who survived Nazi blanket bombing during the Spanish Civil War …

After they reached the country they faced difficulties in receiving support – until communities stepped in …"

This article by Conor Riordan, can be read in the 2 September 2016 issue of the Aberdeen Evening Express.

Also just uploaded is an article by Forbes Inglis mentioned in the above. Read Forbes' article here.

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La expedicíon a Inglaterra

"Hackney has a long history of welcoming new residents from all over the world, who arrive here to make a better, safer life for themselves and their families.
One of the more unusual migrations was in 1937, …"

Quotation from an article by Sally England published in the
20 June 2016 issue of Hackney Today. Photos and article are reproduced here with acknowledgements and permission of the author and Hackney Today.

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In 1937, during the Spanish civil war, almost 4,000 children were evacuated to the UK from Bilbao. Read more …

At first they stayed in a camp at Stoneham and later in colonies throughout the UK. Read more …

We want to remember and preserve the story of these niños de la guerra in their rightful context. Read more …

    From the Archives

The exiles of Eaton Hastings

Newsletter No 2, September 2004, pages 4-5

Gavin Henderson, the second Lord Faringdon, was a surprising supporter of the Spanish Republican cause. …

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