Awkward history

May 29th, 2015 | By | Category: International

It was by chance on an evening in 2012 that I first heard about the Retirada. An Englishman in his sixties talked about Argelès-sur-Mer as a place where refugees from the Spanish Civil War were held on the beach.

Walking the seafront the following day, I discovered a memorial stone commemorating those who died. Only an Internet search, revealed the full horror of the Retirada, the flight of hundreds of thousands of  men, women and children from Spain, which by January of 1939 was under Fascist control.

France did not want the …