Memoirs of survival from a deported Basque.
During the Second Spanish Republic, Marcelino Bilbao was a teenager who had to work in precarious circumstances. When the Civil War broke out, he became a lieutenant in the Isaac Puente Batallion of the Basque CNT and took part in the Battle of the Ebro, after which he was awarded a medal for Military Valour. In 1939 he crossed the French border and, after passing through other concentration camps in France, he ended up in Mauthausen and later in Ebensee.
This book gathers Bilbao’s extraordinary testimony, as he tells us, with a touch of humor even amid the harshest of memories, his astonishing story through the pen of his great-nephew, the historian Etxahun Galparsoro. Thousands of Spaniards lost their lives in Mauthausen, and hundreds of thousands of people of other nationalities perished. This book is Bilbao’s memoirs, but also tells the stories of many people who didn’t make it to tell them themselves.
January 27, 2020 is the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of the first concentration camp.