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80 YEARS OF GRATITUDE

Article published in Chile's main internet newspaper, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the rescue of 2,200 refugees of the Spanish Civil War given asylum in Chile in 1939. A testimony from one of the survivors.

In Spanish

 

To read article press link "80 YEARS OF GRATITUDE" at the bottom of the left colum. 

(http://opinion.cooperativa.cl/opinion/derechos-humanos/80-anos-de-gratitud/2019-08-14/090419.html)

 

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