THE BORDER BRINGS BACK SAD MEMORIES.

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Democratic memorial,Belitres Pass

                              On the border whithout customs since years,at the Belitres Pass(173 m),I stopped and watched the Memorial of the Spanish Civil War which broke out in July 1936.It is estimated that between 600,000 and 700,000 lives were lost in this war.The Republican defeat at the beginning of 1939 led to between 470,000 and 480,000 people embarking on the road into exile.A considerable number of these displaced persons finally settled in France and in several South American countries.Cerbère was one of the main crossing points along the border during the Retirada (retreat) together with Le Perthus,Ares Pass and Bourg Madame.

                              Unfortunately some refugees were confined in internment camps in France,some were sent back to Spain in camp for"purification".But after the Vichy regime of Pétain,they became political prisoners and deported to Germany where about 5000 died in Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp.

ik-ben-10eke says:
Oh, this is really sad, what a horrible part of history this is....
I can't imagine (yet I know it has happened) that people come to behave like this to eacht other :(
Posted on: Jul 24, 2009
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Democratic memorial,Belitres Pass
Democratic memorial,Belitres Pass
sign of the Memorial
sign of the Memorial
Francoist monolith of Belitres Pass
Francoist monolith of Belitres Pass
Arrival of the Francoist troops at…
Arrival of the Francoist troops a…
Belitres Pass Feb 1939
Belitres Pass Feb 1939
Belitres Pass Feb 1939
Belitres Pass Feb 1939
Democratic Memorial,Belitres Pass
Democratic Memorial,Belitres Pass
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Argeles sur mer(France) concentra…
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On 6th February,the camp at Argel…
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Belitres Pass 1939
Belitres Pass 1939
Health crisis,Belitres Pass
Health crisis,Belitres Pass
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The border was opened to the civi…
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The Special Commissioner for Cerb…
Cerbère was one of the main cross…
Cerbère was one of the main cros…
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The first people to try to flee i…
Belitres Pass during the Retirada
Belitres Pass during the Retirada
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View of belitres Pass during the …
view of Belitres Pass during the R…
view of Belitres Pass during the …
French homage at the border
French homage at the border
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