78 years ago this month, Malaga lived through one her most horrifying moments in history. The city was bombed, invaded, raped and desecrated. Its fearful citizens fled along the coast, leaving behind the flames and explosions, the sick and weak, who were at best to be subjugated by the invaders, at worse executed for merely having voted Republican in the last election.
As a Republican stronghold, the city had hoped to be defended by the new Republic, but this did not happen. The Malaguenos were left to defend themselves against the combined forces of the feared Moors, the well-armed Italians and the Nationalist rebels under Franco. What chance did a citizen army have against such military might?
How would they fare in their exile? Would anyone come to their assistance?
One man did: An outsider, a forestero thatwould not turn his back on these people. A doctor who would later be hounded out of Spain as a spy and a traitor. The very same man who is now considered one of the greatest heroes in his home country of Canada and in the country where he was to die: China.
His story, and that of a city in exodus is one of the great untold stories of the Spanish Civil War. Read/Listen to The Ambulance Man and The Spanish Civil War narrated by the author from here.
"Malaga...smells strongly of olive oil and excrement. Evelyn Waugh"
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