Fiona Pitt-Keth­ley

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Castillo Olite

Some English show a pride in fam­ily who vol­un­teered to join Spain´s Civil War, see­ing it as an anti-fas­cist fight.

I sat and watched a film about the wreck, in terms of deaths the worst that Spain has had. Some in the au­di­ence were the sons of those who´d wit­nessed it in long gone days. They said that no-one ate the fish for months, know­ing they feasted on the corpses there.

There was no joy shown by the men who sunk the Castillo Olite on that day. No joy at halt­ing Franco´s troops a while. Hor­ror per­vades. Span­ish against their own. The loss of life left them no space for pride, a boat of hu­mans not a fas­cist crew, men like them­selves but on the other side, dy­ing within sight of the nearby land. The oc­ta­ge­nar­i­ans telling these tales are dead, dead as their fel­low men that drowned that day.

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