Crossing the Border: A Photo Gallery

As a flood of refugees approached their southern border, French officials hesitated, indecisive. Finally they came to the conclusion that opening the border was unavoidable, and allowed the Republicans to cross beginning January 31st, 1939. Ten days later, on February 9th, Nationalist forces reached the border and closed it again. The French officially recognized Franco’s government on February 27th, over a month before the war ended and the Republic conceded defeat.

Click through the photo gallery below to read captions explaining the retreat of the Republicans.

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About adriennetyrey

I am a graduate student in the Michigan State University Department of History. My area of study is Amazigh culture and language policy of the French Protectorate of Morocco. I earned my bachelor's degree in History and French from the University of Tulsa.
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