Fleeing Franco

How Wales Gave Shelter to Refugee Children from the Basque Country during the Spanish Civil War

Hywel Davies

Fleeing Franco

Hywel Davies

Distributed for University of Wales Press

169 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2011
Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9780708323366 Published September 2011 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9780708323373 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This book tells the little-known story of the Basque children who sought refuge in Wales during the Spanish Civil War. In 1937, nearly four thousand children embarked from Bilbao for Southampton, from where they were dispersed to camps throughout Britain—including four in Wales. Fleeing Franco, the first book to tell this story, features newly conducted interviews with surviving refugees and offers a new perspective on the effects of the Spanish Civil War.



1. An Uncertain Welcome
2. Brothers of the Blood
3. A Badge of Honour
4. The Great and the Good
5. Out of Harm’s Way
6. Shelter from the Storm
7. Dastardly Yarns
8. A Tidal Wave of Giving
9. ‘The Best Part of My Life’
10. Fault Lines
11. Don’t Sing the Songs of the Past
12. Not Ours, But Ours to Look After


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