Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps, 1939-1945
Author: Francie Cate-Arries
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
By the end of the Spanish Civil War in March of 1939, almost 500,000 Spaniards had fled Francisco Franco's newly established military dictatorship. More than 275,000 refugees in France were immediately interned in hastily constructed concentration camps, most of which were located along the open shorelines of France's southernmost beaches. This book chronicles the cultural memory of this war refugee population whose stories as camp inmates in the early 1940s remain largely unknown, unlike the wide dissemination of the literature and testimony of the survivors of Nazi death camps. The hidden history of France's seaside camps for Spanish Republicans spawned a rich legacy of cultural works that dramatically demonstrate how a displaced political community began to reconstitute itself from the ruins of war, literally from the sands of exile. Combining close textual analyses of memoirs, poetry, drama, and fiction with a carefully researched historical perspective, Spanish Culture behind Barbed Wire Investigates how the most significant literature of the early post-civil war exile period appropriated the concentration camp as a discursive vehicle.
"Es este un fantastico relato en el que los pensamientos; las acciones; las metas obtenidas por los amigos del personaje principal asi como lo alcanzado por el (vencer la muerte cuatro veces - la primera a los tres meses de nacido-) indican que si podemos, si realmente lo deseamos, obtener el triunfo personal y colectivo. El conjunto de tristezas, de sufrimientos, de exitos y de alegrias descrito con gran realismo, nos deja una suave sensacion de tranquilidad y, asimismo, un fuerte deseo de seguir luchando.""