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Marx Memorial Library launches exhibition on Spanish Civil War's displaced children

Online exhibition will coincide with Marking Refugees Week

CHILD refugees who escaped the Spanish Civil War will form part of a new online exhibition launched next week at the Marx Memorial Library (MML).

The 4,000 children who fled the civil war in 1937 was the largest single influx of child refugees arriving on British shores in history.

Their story will be told in the online book, Spanish Civil War: a Scrapbook tells a Story, launched as part of the Marking Refugee Week on Monday June 17.

The 116-page album, which can be viewed on the MML website, features over 200 photographs and 70 press-cuttings can be browsed in full.

Archivist and library manager Meirian Jump said: “The aerial bombardment of Spanish towns by German and Italian planes during the Spanish Civil War prompted the co-ordination of an unprecedented mass-evacuation of refugee children."

Ms Jump’s own grandmother Cayetana Lozano Diaz was part of that evacuation.

She added: “My grandmother was one of the ‘senoritas’ who accompanied the children from Spain.

“She is pictured here on trips to the seaside and celebrating Christmas hundreds of miles from home.

“It was at this time she met my grandfather, James R Jump, who volunteered to defend the Spanish Republic with the International Brigades.”

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