Part one of three excerpts from this television programme
Part two of three excerpts from this television programme
Part three of three excerpts from this television programme
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was waged between Republicans and General Franco’s Nationalists. Thousands of volunteers from around the globe joined the fight, mostly on the Republican side. These excerpts from a 1976 documentary on the 20 or so Kiwi veterans of the conflict feature Joan Conway, who reflects on the death of her brother Griff Maclaurin fighting the fascists; Tom Spiller, another International Brigade soldier; socialist George Jackson, who discusses official apathy from the NZ Government, and Geoffrey Cox, who wrote a book about the war.
...when in the summer of 1936 Franco and the army rose, and appeared to be about to bring about such a fascist regime in Spain, suddenly the people turned against them. They stormed the barracks in Barcelona and Madrid, and they threw back the Franco forces ... a tremendous feeling of hope surged through masses of people...– Journalist Geoffrey Cox, who was in Madrid in the early stages of the Spanish Civil War
Television Two (TV2)