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As you will remember I have shared with you on several occasions stories of my family (two of my mother’s uncles, Josep and Conrado Miret) and their involvement with the Republican cause in Spain, their exile in France, and their deaths. Recently reading the post of another writer where she followed and shared an initiative to collect family memories of relatives who had fought in the two World Wars (here is the link to Sarah Vernon’s post in First Night Design: I reflected that my country had not been directly involved in either, but of course, that doesn’t mean many did not play a part.

My cousin Joan Molet is involved not only researching the family history but also trying to preserve the memory of the many men and women who although also fought (for their countries and for others also under attack) due to their lack of direct affiliation, in some cases seem to have been lost to history. Luckily through the effort of organisations and individuals those memories are being treasured and official recognition is finally coming.

Joan attended a meeting at Prayols on the 7th of June as part of the 7oth anniversary of the D-Day and here I leave  you his speech:

Meeting a Prayols June

Meeting a Prayols June

In the month of February 1939, and with the end of the war in Spain, approximately 500,000 people crossed the border with France in what would be for some a long exile, final for others. Many of the of exiles ended up in concentration camps such as Argelès Saint Cyprien, Bram, Septfonds, Le Vernet, Gurs, Rivesaltes …

The situation of the ‘interns’ was complicated; some eventually returned to Spain, some, the majority, managed to get out of the camps, and were mobilized under military command in Companies of Foreign Workers (Compagnies de Travailleurs Étrangers), which were used for hard work with almost no pay. A significant proportion became involved in the fight against the German Army after they invaded the French territory, and also against the Vichy regime.

After three years of hard struggle against fascism in Spain the Spaniards were very experienced, this allowed them to organize themselves very quickly and some became leaders of resistance groups, such as my uncle Conrado Miret Musté, first head of the groups of the MOI that fought in Paris from August 1941.

The role of those members of the resistance in the areas of France where they acted was crucial; often making the German army lose some fights, making them withdraw from their positions or with their acts of sabotage making the operations of the invading army much more difficult.

In Spain I am a member of the board of Amical Mauthausen and other camps, an organization that has recently become part of the Centre for the Interpretation and Research of the Memory of Republican Spain of Borredon. Since 1962 Amical Mauthausen has been working to ensure that the memory of the Spanish Republicans — many of whom, after their heroic struggle in France were arrested and eventually imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps as was my other uncle Josep Miret Musté, who died in Florisdorff, command Mauthausen, by gunfire from SS Han Buhner, after being wounded in a bombing — is not forgotten.

In conclusion, as a member also of the Amicale des Anciens Gerrilleros Espagnols in France, I want to acknowledge the work of dissemination and maintenance of the memories of combatants by the various entities that are present in this act.



Conrado y placa

You will also remember that after years of having no official word of Conrado Miret’s whereabouts, it was confirmed that he had died in La Santé prison under torture and the city of Paris had dedicated him a plaque on the wall of the prison. The official commemoration of the plaque was the 13th of June. Joan attended with Madeleine Midon, daughter of Josep Miret. Here I leave you his words and also some pictures.

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

As a representative  of the family of Conrad Miret Musté, first chief of the MOI FTP in Paris in 1941, I want to thank the City of Paris for placing this plaque to forever immortalize their struggle and that of all the Spanish Republican exiles in the fight to liberate France from Nazi invaders.

Joan Molet thanking the city of Paris

Joan Molet thanking the city of Paris

I asked my cousin to provide me a link where people who are interested in delving further in the subject might find more information. He recommended me the page of Charles Farreny, son of an exile, and although in French, I leave it here for you.

Thanks very much for reading, to Joan for sharing and if you’ve found it interesting, you know what to do, share, like, comment and CLICK. And never forget!

Hola a todos:

Como recordaréis os he hablado en varias ocasiones de dos tíos de mi madre, Josep y Conrado Miret Musté, de su participación en la República Española (y en el gobierno de Cataluña), de su exilio a Francia, su lucha con la resistencia, y su muerte (Josep en un campo de concentración y Conrado en una prisión, la Santé, en París).

Con las conmemoraciones del día D se ha hablado mucho de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, de veteranos, luchas…Pero no todo el mundo llevó uniforme. Mi primo Joan Molet se ha dedicado a investigar la historia familiar y su interés le ha llevado a formar parte de varias asociaciones que se encargan de mantener viva la memoria de esos luchadores que habían permanecido en el anonimato. Con motivo de las celebraciones del Día D, Joan acudió a un acto en Prayols, Francia, y os dejo sus palabras:

Meeting a Prayols June

Meeting a Prayols June

Durante el mes de Febrero de 1939, ya acabando la guerra en España, cerca de 500.000 personas  cruzaron la frontera de Francia camino de lo que sería para algunos un largo exilio, definitivo para otros. Una gran parte de los exiliados irá a parar a campos de concentración como Argelès Saint  Cyprien, Bram, Septfonds, Le Vernet, Gurs,  Rivesaltes…

El papel de dichos resistentes en las zonas en que actuaron en Francia fue de vital importancia, logrando en muchos casos que el ejercito alemán fuera derrotado,  tuviera que retirarse de sus posiciones o bien efectuaron actos de sabotaje que dificultaba la operatividad de dicho ejército.   En España soy  vocal de la junta de Amical de Mauthausen  y  otros campos,  entidad que recientemente ha pasado a formar parte del Centro de Interpretación e investigación de la Memoria de la España Republicana en Borredon.

Desde 1962  Amical de Mauthausen viene trabajando para que no se olvide la memoria de los republicanos españoles, muchos de los que,  tras su heroica lucha en Francia fueron detenidos y acabaron prisioneros en campos de concentración nazis como mi otro tío abuelo Josep Miret Musté,  fallecido en Florisdorff, comando de Mauthausen,  por los disparos del SS Han Buhner, tras caer herido en  un bombardeo.

Para finalizar, como miembro que también soy de Amicale des  Anciens Guerrilleros  Espagnols en France,  quiero agradecer el trabajo de difusión y mantenimiento del recuerdo de los combatientes que realizan las distintas  entidades que están presentes en este acto .


Os había comentado hace unos meses que finalmente habíamos obtenido confirmación de que Conrado Miret Musté había fallecido en la prisión de la Santé (torturado) y el gobierno Francés había reconocido que había muerto por Francia, y habían colocado una placa en el muro de lo que había sido la prisión, no solo en su memoria sino en la de tantos que por allí pasaron. Conrado y placa El día 13 de Junio tuvo lugar la conmemoración oficial de la placa, y Joan, acompañado de Madeleine Madon (hija de Josep Miret) asistió y dio las gracias. Aquí os dejos unas fotos y lo que dijo.

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

Madeleine Midon, Joan Molet i foto de Conrado Miret

Como representante de la familia de Conrado Miret Musté, primer jefe de las MOI en Paris en 1941 quiero dar las gracias al Ayuntamiento de Paris por la colocación de esta placa que para siempre inmortalizará su lucha y la de todos los republicanos españoles en el combate por liberar a Francia del invasor nazi.

Le pedí a mi primo que me dejara algún enlace con más información para la gente a la que le interesa ahondar un poco más en el tema. Me recomendó la página de Charles Farreny, hijo de un exiliado, aunque está en francés. Aquí os la dejo:

Gracias a todos por leer, a Joan por compartir, y si os ha parecido interesante, no os olvidéis de darle al me gusta, comentar, compartir y hacer CLIC. Y no olvidéis jamás.


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