Lest We Forget …

La Retirada

In January and February of 1939, over 500,000 Republican refugees fleeing the Spanish Civil war, struggled across the high passes of the Pyrenees on foot. They were not welcomed with open arms. On arrival, they were herded into, makeshift open-air camps on the beaches of Argelès, Saint Cyprien or Barcarès where today we swim and build our sandcastles, and later confined in squalid conditions in internment camps around the region.


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