Books: Fugitives from Franco

SMOULDERING FREEDOM — Isabel de Palencia — Longmans, Green ($3).

At half-past eleven on the wintry night of Feb. 1, 1939, the Spanish Republican Government of Premier Juan Negrin assembled in the basement of an ancient castle near the snowy Pyrenees. Their three-year struggle against Franco and his Nazi-Fascist allies was broken at last; under German and Italian bombardment, a half million starving, destitute Spaniards were straggling through the mountains toward the French border.

Last month in Mexico City, Juan Ne grin and a remnant of the Spanish Cortes met again. Of the 474...

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