La Retirada « Des espagnols dans les camps »

at Montauban

06.11.2019 au 20.11.19 Retirada.jpg
  • In memory of the Retirada, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, a photo exhibition by Paul Senn travels through Occitania. Made available by the Camp de Rivesaltes Memorial, you can discover it in the Maisons de Région. February 1939: Nearly 500,000 Spanish refugees are massed on the French border, after hours of walking in the snow of a particularly harsh winter. General Franco has just come to power in Spain, the Republic is fallen. This exodus is called Retirada, the "retreat". Arrived in France in the most complete deprivation, the Spaniards in exile are parked in internment camps, which the French authorities will themselves appoint, in 1939, "concentration camps". February 2019: The region pays tribute to these freedom fighters who shaped the identity of an entire territory. There are indeed 13 internment camps on the territory of present-day Occitania, located in 9 of the 13 current departments: Rivesaltes, Barcares, Saint Cyprien, Argeles sur Mer, Agde, Rieucros, Bram, Le Vernet d'Ariège, Brens, Le Récédouou, Noé, Septfond and Lannemezan. Most of these camps will then be taken over by the Vichy government and will operate until 1944.
  • From November 6, 2019 until November 20, 2019