• A Parable of Refugees, or a History That Is True

    8 days ago - By National Geographic

    Refugees of the Spanish Civil War, 1937 (Photo credit: Pascual Marín, Fondo Marín )
    I want to take you back nearly 80 years, to Mexico City in 1939, when Lázaro Cárdenas, a revolutionary-turned-politician, sat in the president's seat and made a decision that no other president in the world would make.
    Across the Atlantic, the Spanish Civil War had come to a brutal end. The Republicans had fallen. General Francisco Franco had risen to power, backed by Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy. Half a million Spanish refugees, Republican sympathizers, began la retirada, their long voyage of...
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