The Basque Children Of '37

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Michael Portillo tells the story of 4000 Basque children who came to the UK to escape the horrors of the Spanish civil war.

Although the motivation to bring them here was humanitarian, the children were soon to become pawns in a game of national and international politics as the dark clouds of fascism gathered over Europe.

Michael goes on to describe how the arguments between right and left wing politicians, humanitarian bodies and the Catholic Church became increasingly vitriolic and complex as they argued over the childrens' care and repatriation.

20051107

Michael Portillo tells the story of 4000 Basque children who came to the UK to escape the horrors of the Spanish civil war.

Although the motivation to bring them here was humanitarian, the children were soon to become pawns in a game of national and international politics as the dark clouds of fascism gathered over Europe.

Michael goes on to describe how the arguments between right and left wing politicians, humanitarian bodies and the Catholic Church became increasingly vitriolic and complex as they argued over the childrens' care and repatriation.