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H ‘Repression Against the POUM’, letter from jailed members of the POUM

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One of the consequences of the May events was the repression of the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification (POUM) by the new Republican Government led by Juan Negrín. The repression culminated with the assassination of its most important leader, Andreu Nin, and the trial against the party in October 1938. The campaign and the repression did subside a little for a while. Lately, it has become more intense again. For the last couple of months, POUM members have been hunted again. In Barcelona's Modelo Prison, the state prison, there are already quite a few of them, most of whom were volunteers for the militias or who have occupied public positions of responsibility ever since the beginning of the movement. For more than a year, several foreign comrades have been imprisoned in the women's prison.

Keywords: Andreu Nin; May events; Party of Marxist Unification (POUM); repression



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