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Franco's Black Spain
Drawings by Luis Quintanilla; commentary by Richard Watts, Jr.

Franco's Black Spain pages 25-26


One of the great triumphs of the Franco Crusade was that it brought back to Spain those charming representatives of the decadent old aristocracy who had gracefully sat out the Republic in the cafés and on the fashionable beaches of France and Portugal. A little petulant because their Bourbon king was not restored to them, they managed to keep down their disappointment long enough to give Black Spain the honor of their presence.


The men of the master race who, with some slight aid from the sleeping democracies of the United States, Great Britain, and France, destroyed the Spanish Republic. When the first soldiers of the Reichswehr arrived in the Franco-controlled sections of Spain, they intended to land secretly, since it seemed to them impossible that the democracies would not object to this flagrant intervention against the legally established Spanish Republic. But that was the day of appeasement, and the United States, Britain, and France were so gullible -- when they were not frankly hostile toward the struggling Republic -- that the Nazis could throw off the mask, send some sixty thousand troops into Spain (at least that was the figure that once appeared in Goering's newspaper), and try out at leisure their methods of military terror. It was this blindness of the democracies toward Spain which more than anything else convinced Hitler that they would back down before any aggression and thus played a chief part in bringing about the Second World War.