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La Guerra Civil en Barakaldo

Recent Publication

La Guerra Civil en Barakaldo - Once Meses de Resistencia
por Koldobika López Grandoso
Pub Ediciones Beta, ISBN 978-84-15495-91-8, 440pp

Con un capítulo titulado Evacuaciones al extranjero con una sección sobre los niños que se evacuaron a Inglaterra.

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Leicestershire Historian

"Leicester's refuge for Basque children from the Spanish Civil War (Part 1)"

This article by RichardGraves, published in The Leicestershire Historian talks about the colony at Leicester: Evington Hall.

The cover photo and editorial accompanying the article will also be of interest to readers.

Read the full article here …

Marcelino Jauregui

Marcelino Jauregui

We've recently uploaded a short obituary of Marcelino by his wife Sharon.

Read it here …

Child refugee who became Coventry City wing wizard

Emilio Aldecoa

This Coventry Telegraph article (27 May 2014) by Georgia Arlott talks of how Spaniard Emilio Aldecoa defied adversity and went on to become the toast of the city. … Only a few years later he would go on to play for Wolves and Coventry and then go on to become assistant manager at Birmingham.

Read more on football refugees here …

Children at Montrose

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.

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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

Unveiling of a Blue Plaque at Cambridge

Newsletter No 4, October 2005, page 8

On 15 May 2005, 12 niños vascos, their relatives, former volunteers and friends gathered in Jesus College … to celebrate the unveiling of a blue plaque …

Read the full article here …

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