This article was translated by John R. Bopp
Jorge Fernández Díaz is a prestigious Argentine author and journalist. Among his many famous books is his 2010 “La Hermandad del Honor”, a chronicle about unknown heroes, written with a unique cinematographic style.
On April 20, he started his radio show “Pensándolo Bien” (Thinking it Over), on Radio Mitre, reading one of that book’s chapters, dedicated to Dolores “Lolis” Barquín, a Basque woman who lived out her childhood the disasters of the Spanish Civil War in Las Arenas, including those of exile. In a series of unfortunate events, her family ended up in the Argentine capital, which in part helped the dictator Franco, while on the other it was a safe refuge for those Basques who had fought against totalitarianism.
The experiences lived by Lolis Barquín; by her father Pepe, who was guilty of being a Basque nationalist and defending his country from totalitarianism; and by the whole family. These are stories masterfully told in this chronicle.
We were lucky enough to read this story published by Argentine daily La Nación in 2009; it’s still available, which means we can share the written version, and show a photo of the protagonist.
Stories like this should not be forgotten, because they’re a fundamental part of the story of our nation, because they’re a fundamental part of the cause of the Basque People, and because they remind us that our Basque homeland is made up of compatriots who live throughout the world.
Radio Mitre – 20/4/2017 – Argentina
La emocionante peripecia de una mujer
Jorge Fernández Díaz comenzó Pensándolo Bien leyendo un relato de su libro “La hermandad del honor”
La Nación -2/8/2009 – Argentina
La niña de la guerra que sobrevivió para contarlo
A los niños les encantaba escaparse de la casa, bajar a la playa y ver cómo los aviones bombardeaban la ciudad. Era un espectáculo emocionante, con explosiones, humaredas y rugido de motores, y ellos eran demasiado pequeños como para entender cabalmente el drama que implicaban aquellas piruetas nazis, aquellos fuegos fatuos.