Wednesday, 21 April 2010

French film crew interviews Jimena concentration camp survivor

A French film crew visited Jimena last week to interview Joaquín López Morales (c.), who was for several years an inmate at the Joffre de Rivesaltes refugee camp, close to the Spanish border with France. The camp, which was originally built as a military base, also served as a concentration camp for Jews and Gypsies during the Vichy regime and later for Algerians, is to be turned into a museum. Rivesaltes held some 15,000 Republican Spaniards who had fled the fall of Catalonia at the end of the Civil War, among whom was López Morales, born and now resident again in Jimena.

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