Following our recent articles on la Retirada, a P-O Life reader very kindly contacted us with photos and memories of a hike that they undertook back in 2017.
La Retirada : a photo reportage, by Nan Pederson
There is a place on the Spanish side of the old custom house on the randonnée piste from Cerbère to Portbou – where there’s a photo exhibition with the people waiting to escape to France through the Retirada 1939.
This is the old French Custom House
Continuing south, it’s shortly followed by the Spanish one – you can still see the Spanish crown on it – at least one could in 2017, when these photos were taken.
A bloody monument has its place there
The following photos are on display at the Mémorial du camp d’Argelès-sur-Mer
Every day during the 1939 Retirada, approximately 10,000 people came through this one point of passage, the point closest to the Mediterranean Sea.
The exhibition closes with the famous words of John Donne (1624):
No man is an island entire of itself; every man