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Immigration and Emigration
Britain's Basque bastion

A strong Basque community has remained in the UK since the 1937 immigration, centring on the Bayswater area of London. It has also attracted the older generation of Spanish Republicans too.
Leah Manning
Leah Manning was a major driving force behind the evacuation
© Manuel Moreno - Basque Children of '37 Association
The Basque Cildren of '37 Association has formed to keep the history of this remarkable humanitarian gesture alive.

Leah Manning, in her auto-biography "A life for education" published one moving letter she received that summed up the strength of feeling the young refugees felt for her actions. It must surely be also addressed to so many thousands in Britain too...

Dear Sirs,

The undersigned on behalf of orphaned children of militiamen with to express that we are the sons and daughters of poor workers who at the beginning of the uprising of the traitor 'generals' rose against them and thus found their death.

We have been given shelter by a second mother, this second mother we do not know how to thank for her attentions and kindnesses shown to us;
A plaque was presented by the Spanish Government to the British people as thanks for their kindness. From left to right: Helvecia Hidalgo, Natalia Benjamin, Andrew Dismore, Juanito Moreno and Manuel Moreno.
The House of Commons recieves a plaque of thanks
© Manuel Moreno - Basque Children of '37 Association
_this all the more so since we are here only temporarily so that when we are installed permanently, we just cannot imagine how wonderful it will be._

For all this to our second mother and to the committee we give our most grateful thanks.

Signature of our senorita [teachers] and ourselves.

Senorita ; Segura (Esperanza Campedre), Antonio Gallego, Jose Gallego, Victoria Gallego, Geneveva Gallego, Maria Luise Gallego, Jose Enrique Murquis, Carmen Margalet, Eugenia Margalet, Begonis Margalet, Primitive Rojas, Rufino Tomas, Gerardo Tomas, Benito Tomas, Alverez Martinez, Jose Maria Delia, Domingo Arana, Maria Teresa Careros, Jose Luis Cisneros, Esperanzo Margalet, Antonio Montero, Amparo Moreno, Carmen Moreno, Salome Moreno, Maria Luise Martinez, Carmen Belon, Ascension Belon, Josefa Montero, Josefa Maria Montero, Amelia Montero.

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