Basque refugee children remembered

May 17, 2012

Most of the children were repatriated to Spain but some remained in Britain because their parents were either killed or imprisoned. Photo BBC.

A plaque has been unveiled in Sussex to commemorate the 4,000 Basque children brought to the county 75 years ago, the BBC reports:

The children were escaping the Spanish Civil War, and arrived on a ship from Bilbao. The ceremony took place in Blackboys, near Uckfield, where 20 children and their teachers lived in a chalet provided by the local community. Speaking at the ceremony, former refugee, Miren Alsono said: “It’s like a dream – now I can die happy.”

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