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After the desperate years of their own war, after six years of repression inside Spain and six years of horror in exile, these people remain intact in spirit. They are armed with a transcendent faith; they have never won, and yet they have never accepted defeat.
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And there were more punishments for the children: more days without food, more hours of standing in the sun; more bearings.
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And though various organizations in America and England collected money and sent food parcels to these refugees, nothing was ever received by the Spanish.
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Between his eyes, there were four lines, the marks of such misery as children should never feel. He spoke with that wonderful whisky voice that so many Spanish children have, and he was a tough and entire little boy.
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But now that the guerrilla fighting is over, the Spaniards are again men without a country or families or homes or work, though everyone appreciates very much what they did.
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Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.
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From two o'clock one afternoon until the ship docked in England again the next evening at seven, none of the medical personnel stopped work.
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Furthermore, they were constantly informed by all the camp authorities that they had been abandoned by the world: they were beggars and lucky to receive the daily soup of starvation.
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Germans trained in obedience and dedicated to moral whitewashing are not a new people, nor are they reliable partners for anyone else.
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Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit.
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His conversation was without drama or self-pity. It appeared that the last concentration camp was almost the worst; he had been separated from his mother and father. Also the hunger was greater, although the hunger had always been there, and one did not think about it any longer.
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I accompanied men and was accompanied in action, in the extrovert part of life; I plunged into that... but not sex; that seemed to be their delight and all I got was a pleasure of being wanted, I suppose, and the tenderness (not nearly enough) that a man gives when he is satisfied.
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I daresay I was the worst bed partner in five continents.
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I didn't write. I just wandered about.
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I followed the war wherever I could reach it.
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I found out about the Spanish war because I was in Germany when it began.
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I only knew about daily life. It was said, well, it isn't everybody's daily life. That is why I started.
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I see mysteries and complications wherever I look, and I have never met a steadily logical person.
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I tried to get some (travel documents) in Paris, which I couldn't. So I just took a train and got off near the border of Andorra and walked across.
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I used to write letters to the wounded in the Palace Hotel, and I used to drive a station wagon with blood in bottles to a battalion aid station.
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If I practised sex, out of moral conviction, that was one thing; but to enjoy it... seemed a defeat.
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In the last camp they all ate grass, until the authorities forbade them to pull it up. They were accustomed to having the fruits of their little communal gardens stolen by the guards, after they had done all the work; but at the last camp everything was stolen.
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In the south-west part of France where no Allied armies have ever fought, they liberated more than seventeen towns.
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It is alleged that half a million Spanish men, women and children fled to France after the Franco victory.
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It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
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People may correctly remember the events of twenty years ago (a remarkable feat), but who remembers his fears, his disgusts, his tone of voice? It is like trying to bring back the weather of that time.
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The French Forces of the Interior, who have scarcely enough to help themselves, try to help their wounded Spanish comrades in arms.
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The little boy had come with his entire family in the great exodus from Spain at the end of the civil war in 1939, but the man was alone. He had been wounded at the end of the war and for six years he had been unable to walk, with a wound in his leg that was never treated and had never healed.
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The road passed through a curtain of pine forest and came out on a flat, rolling snow field. In this field the sprawled or bunched bodies of Germans lay thick, like some dark shapeless vegetable.
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Then somebody suggested I should write about the war, and I said I didn't know anything about the war. I did not understand anything about it. I didn't see how I could write it.
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There were ten concentration camps in France from 1939 on.
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Thousand got away to other countries; thousands returned to Spain tempted by false promises of kindness. By the tens of thousands, these Spaniards died of neglect in the concentration camps.
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Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
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Why do people talk of the horrors of old age? It's great. I feel like a fine old car with the parts gradually wearing out, but I'm not complaining,... Those who find growing old terrible are people who haven't done what they wanted with their lives.
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