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Hola a todos:

Como recordaréis, os he hablado de los tíos de mi madre, Josep y Conrado Miret, en varias ocasiones, y hace poco entrevisté a mi primo Joan Molet que nos contó cómo había empezado su labor de investigación y el trabajo que ahora hacía como parte de la Amical de Mauthausen. Os comenté en aquel post que faltaba poco para el 70 aniversario de la liberación del campo, y gracias a Joan, que estuvo presente, os puedo hablar de ello (y compartir unas fotos).

Dos grupos de la Amical salieron (uno de Madrid y otro de Barcelona) en dirección a Viena el viernes 8 de Mayo. Entre todos eran unos 130, incluyendo socios de la Amical y estudiantes de colegios de Aragón y Catalunya.

El Castillo de Hartheim

El Castillo de Hartheim

Por la tarde visitaron el castillo de Hartheim, donde se realizaba lo que llamaban el proyecto T4, el asesinato masivo de disminuidos físicos, psíquicos y otros seres humanos que los nazis no consideraban dignos de seguir vivos. Utilizaban la cámara de gas para matar a prisioneros de Gusen y Mauthausen, y también se realizaban experimentos médicos con los prisioneros.

Sábado 9

Por la mañana visitaron el subcampo de Ebensee, donde se realizó un homenaje a los republicanos españoles, participaron en los actos internacionales de homenaje y visitaron los túneles donde se fabricaba el armamento. Aquí se realizó otro homenaje a los prisioneros españoles.

Ebensee Tunnels

Túneles de Ebensee

Ebensee Tunnels

Túneles de Ebensee

A continuación participaron en el acto de inauguración al monumento a Ana Pointner. El monumento se instaló por iniciativa de la asociación de Austria Perspective Mauthausen. En representación de la Amical intervino Enric Garriga, su presidente, y Juan Francisco Ortiz, hijo de un exilado republicano que estuvo prisionero en Mauthausen. Juan ahora vive en Francia, es guitarrista, y tocó varias piezas.

Monument to Ana Pointner

Monument a Ana Pointner

Aquí un pequeño paréntesis para mencionar a Ana y a Francesc Boix.

Ana Pointner colaboró con el fotógrafo y prisionero de Mauthausen Francesc Boix. Ella guardó detrás de las piedras del muro que había en la parte posterior de su casa, los negativos de las fotos que Boix había hecho en Mauthausen. Esos negativos sirvieron como prueba en el Juicio de Nuremberg.

Documental ‘Francisco Boix, un Fotógrafo en el infierno’:

Por lo visto este enlace no le funciona a todo el mundo. Por si acaso, aquí os dejo otro, a ver si hay suerte:

Aquí un artículo reciente sobre Francesc Boix:

Y otro que menciona a Ana Pointner:

Y si queréis más información sobre las fotos y la labor que se ha hecho con ellas:

Here the wall where she hid the photographs

Aquí la pared donde Ana Pointner escondió las fotografías


Después hubo otra ceremonia en la estación de tren de Mauthausen y se trasladaron al Memorial de Gusen, donde tuvo lugar otro homenaje a los republicanos españoles y más actos de conmemoración internacionales.

Una representación de la Amical asistió al concierto de Juan Francisco Ortiz que tuvo lugar en el campo de Mauthausen, y donde él entregó una copia de la bandera republicana que había confeccionado su padre cuando estaba prisionero en el campo.

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Monument to all the victims at Mauthausen. And Joan

Monumento a todas las víctimas de Mauthausen. Joan y su esposa

Por la mañana, con los compañeros de la Amical de Francia realizaron ceremonias en el  monumento español y el francés, y luego participaron en el desfile internacional (formando parte de la delegación española presidida por el ministro de Asuntos Exteriores).

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Los miembros de la expedición tuvieron tiempo libre para visitar el campo de Mauthausen en más detalle por la mañana. Y volvieron a Madrid y Barcelona por la tarde.

Muchas gracias a Joan por su crónica y las fotos, gracias a vosotros por leer, y ya sabéis, dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, haced CLIC y sobretodo no olvidéis, jamás.

Hi all:

Normally I bring you a post in English and one in Spanish the days I blog, but today it is a bit different. One of the authors I know from a group of independent writers who write in Spanish, Blanca Miosi (she’s from Peru but has lived in Venezuela now for many years), has published one of her bestsellers, ‘La Búsqueda’ in English version. The book is called ‘Waldek. The Boy Who Defied the Nazis’ and tells the story of Blanca’s husband, Waldek Grodek, who was a concentration camp prisoner as a child and survived to tell the tale. I cannot recommend the book highly enough and audiences of the Spanish version testify to what a gripping read it is. It will tear your heart apart and put it back together. When was the last time you cried and laughed with a novel? WALDEK, the boy who defied the Nazis by BlancaMiosi

Waldek by Blanca Miosi

Waldek by Blanca Miosi

Waldek, the boy who defied the Nazis (La Búsqueda in Spanish) chronicles the dramatic and heroic story of Waldek Grodek, who experienced first-hand and at a very young age the German occupation of his native Poland. Many decades later, while visiting the UN offices that granted compensation to the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps, Waldek reflects on the events that started when he was made prisoner and taken to Auschwitz and Mauthausen and, in the years following his liberation, subjected him to the whims of European and Latin American totalitarian regimes, international espionage and the Mossad. Waldek Grodek is a memorable character whose unique perspective and amazing life story deserves to be told. After more than 700 days Waldek, the boy who defied the Nazis “La búsqueda,” still occupies the top 10 ranking on Amazon Spanish language. And just in case you read in Spanish and want a bit of practice, here is the link to the Spanish version:

Thank for reading, and if you’ve found it interesting, please remember to like, share, comment, and of course CLICK!

PSUC Civil War poster

PSUC Civil War poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all:

I usually prepare my posts early (if I can), the weekend before, because during the week, with full time job, the gym and everyday life I have very little time and don’t want to do a rushed job. I was wondering what I would post on the Tuesday, because the guest post was already sorted. I had some ideas but I wasn’t 100% convinced by any of them. And then my mother phoned me on Saturday morning (in the middle of a computer crisis) to tell me that a cousin (a very distant cousin as he’s the grandson of one of my mother’s aunts) had gone to visit them the previous day and he was in the process of researching information for a book he was planning on writing. Of course, once they got talking about books I came up and my parents gave him my details. And now we’ve just established e-mail contact.

And that made me think. I wasn’t surprised he wanted to write about his chosen topic. You see…My cousin wants to write about the family, well, about our grandmothers’ two brothers, Josep and Conrado Miret Musté. I don’t know very much about it. I

Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia
Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

remember my maternal grandmother, Juana (who was always known as Juanita) telling me things about her brothers. Josep was the eldest. She always used to tell me that they were very tall and strong and they played rugby. Both were involved in Catalan politics (according to what my  grandmother used to say, Josep had reached quite a high position in the executive of the PSUC [Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia, a communist nationalist party] and in the government of the Generalitat (the autonomic government of Catalonia) at that time, and during the Spanish Civil War, Josep had a responsible position in the supplies department. Although the three sisters (Francisca, but always called Paquita by the family, Juanita and Magdalena, Magda) remained in Barcelona, as they hadn’t been directly involved in politics, the two brothers went into exile when Barcelona fell to Franco’s forces and it was clear the war was all but lost. Like many others they went across the border into France. If I remember correctly both of them had families (I know for certain Josep did) but they remained behind. The history/legend is that Conrado disappeared in Paris (the suspicion has always been that the Nazis caught him when they invaded France and killed him), and the Nazis definitely caught Josep because he ended up in Mauthausen. And never left alive.

I remember my aunt Magda lent me Montserrat Roig’s book ‘Els Catalans als camps de concentració nazis’ (‘Catalans in Nazi Concentration Camps’), that like other books by the sadly late author I strongly recommend. In this book there were sections about Josep Miret, what he did in the camp, how he tried to help others, there were pictures of postcards and letters he had sent back home, including some to his sister Magda…Fascinating and horrible at the same time. My cousin is right. There are many things we don’t know about what happened. Although the dead don’t talk, I hope my cousin is lucky and can find information that helps fill up that void.

Thank you very much for reading, and please, if you have any knowledge of the subject, connections that might know, or just an interest, any support would be appreciated.

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