Visit this wonderful museum which was a beacon of hope for expectant mothers exiled during the Retirada.
Elisabeth Eidenbenz was the remarkable Swiss woman who created La Maternité Suisse in Elne as a refuge for expectant mothers exiled from Spain during La Retirada and World War II.
Michel Torrent (code name Milor René Jules) fled Saint Malo under German occupation and found refuge for himself and his family with his grandparents in Perpignan.
Book Club: Secret Agent, Unsung Hero: The Valour of Bruce Dowding. This biography, researched over decades, is written by Bruce’s nephew, Peter, to honour Bruce and the millions who gave their lives for our safety.
Historic Perpignan, the colourful mix of old and new, chic and shabby, trendy boutiques, narrow, cobbled streets and small intimate bistros, was also a pivotal location in supporting the British and Allied war effort.
From their small grocery shop in Perpignan, the 3 courageous Sabaté women, joined the fight against fascism.
A day out in the High Vallespir is always a pleasure.
Our own little bit of horror and inhumanity here in the P-O. Never forget lest it happen again.
In late January/early February 1939 nearly half a million Spanish civilians and soldiers fled to France. The word Retirada (Spanish for Retreat) was adopted by historians to signify this exodus, which was the biggest single influx of refugees ever known in France.
You would think that the shameful, over crowded camps on the P-O beaches would be unlikely places for art to flourish….READ ON