Tuesday, 20 November 2007


When the air raids began on Madrid and civilians, including children, died the Republican Government published this poster.

It was printed in Spanish, French and English



Perhaps they thought France and England would change their minds?

Both had rushed to sign the Non-Intervention Agreement in August 1936 which was then ratified by twenty-seven other countries. Basically this meant the much-needed supply of arms to the democratically elected, legitimate Republican Government was prohibited.

The fascist rebels, of course, had no problem flouting the ban with troops, planes and war material from Italy and Nazi Germany.

The poster probably did affect international public opinion, there is nothing like a woman crying with a child in her arms to move people.

But she wasn´t crying in fear of the bombs.

She was crying for Buenaventura Durruti.

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