In 1946 UNO voted boycott on Spain while supporting fascist regime because Franco represented for the West an asset as barrier against communism. The nation suffered, famine etc. Hollywood sent the American Dream via movies whilst Spaniards died.
In Australia in the 60s visiting friends could often mean a drive of one hundred miles, staying for the weekend. Properties with huge grounds; the bush; barbecues. Workers against Vietnam war, dockers' strikes. But what more could have been done?
Hitch-hiking through Europe after war student finds defeated Germans ten times richer than Spaniards. Though law graduate he does manual jobs to earn his bread; he sees West Germans pampered by capitalism so as to fight communism. Nazis now allies.
The son of a police chief in fascist Spain leaves his country and the possibility of good post in the government to go hitch-hiking to north west Europe. He sees that a new country West Germany, founded in 1947, was much more prosperous than his own
Barcelona in 1935 developed industry and class struggle. Labour lacked vision. State helped bosses. Unrest in factories, anarchism active among workers who were made to believe revolution had been won. Only a split was achieved, fascism came in.
Fernando Garcia Izquierdo
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