Page 1, 17th December 1937

17th December 1937
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Page 1, 17th December 1937 — REDS TRYING TO GET BASQUE CHILDREN

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A further party of some 400 Basque children will return to Nationalist Spain by train next Tuesday, making a total of about 800 out of the 4,000 in England.

They are unable to return by ship owing to legal difficulties which make it impossible for a Nationalist ship to enter a British port without danger.

Efforts are being made in Red Spain to have as many as possible Basque children returned there. Citizens are being urged to apply for children in a published list which appears to have been obtained from English Basque refugee sources.

Children Already Home Demanded

As foretold in the Catholic Herald, the Spanish Government has prevented a

Franco ship to come to England to repatriate the children in comfort.

It has proved impossible to obtain assurances either from the Ambassador in London representing the Barcelona Government, Senor de Azcarate or from the Foreign Office that such a ship will not be detained, pending legal decisions in the English courts regarding the ownership of ex-Barcelona ships.

Because of this the next party of children :Lumbering about 400, will leave next Tuesday by a specially chartered train.

Frantic efforts are being made in Red Spain to prevent the repatriation of Basque children into Nationalist territory.

The following prominent notice appeared in a Barcelona paper, La Vanguardia, for November 27.



Very important for parents of Basque children who are in England.

With the object of preventing a manoeuvre of the rebels, represented in England by Father Gabanti, tending to send the Basque children to rebel territory, it is necessary that with Lbw greatest speed, the parents who figure on this list which is published, and those who do riot, but who have children in England, write letters to the following address:

Basque Children's Committee, 53, Marshain Street, London (England) stating that their children must not leave England, and ordering, if they cannot remain in that country, that they be sent to loyal territory or to France, under the control of the Republican authorities. •

Parents who have not given effect to the instructions issued on this matter by the Secretaria General of 1 e Presidency of the Euskadi Government, shall send letters to this Department of Sociiii Welfare, l'aseo Pi y Flargtll, 62, for immediate despatch to Englund, From English Sources The list of 750 names attached to the notice has obviously been obtained from English sources in touch with the Basque children.

Of the children named 260 have been already applied for by their parents in Nationalist territory, and 30 have already been safely delivered to their parents under the eyes of Basque Committee officers.

The Spaniards have not even troubled to complete the translation from the original English lists, as words like " uncle " appear in the Spanish paper.

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