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Kononenko, Elena

Little Spaniards. Spanish children during the Civil War.

Little Spaniards. Spanish children during the Civil War.

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Kononenko, Elena [Little Spaniards]. Malen'kie Ispantsy.

Leningrad, Detskaya Literatura, 1937.
8vo, 114, [2] pp., ill.

In publisher’s binding. Illustrated endpapers (maps).
In good condition, wear to spine and wrapper edges, stain to back cover, stains to some pages, owner marks to endpaper and title page.

The book is dedicated to the daily lives of Spanish children during the Civil War and their journey to the USSR. Between March 1937 and December 1938, five ships transported Spanish children, known as "The Niños de Rusia" ("Children of Russia"), from their homeland to the Soviet Union. The trip and the children's new life became idealized in the public eye through newspapers and children's literature. Some of "the Niños de Rusia" returned to Spain between 1956 and 1959, while others relocated to Cuba during the 1960s. However, a significant number of them chose to remain in Russia.
The book features numerous photographs depicting Spanish individuals in their homeland, including both children and adults. Among them is Dolores Ibarruri, a Spanish Republican fighter. Additionally, there are photographs showcasing the children's experiences at Artek, a renowned pioneer camp located in Crimea.

OCLC locates one copy of this edition only: in Instituto Cervantes in Madrid.

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