Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monuments and Pyrenean Escape Routes

The Pyrenees have long been a natural border between two nation states; France and Spain. But more than that, during the last century it was also a border between countries at war and neutrality, a border between occupation and a country that lead to freedom.
Many are the monuments that remind one of this border, even though the actual border is practically non existent these days.
Driving around the French side of the border, many monuments tell of resistance fighters, the brave people who helped Jews and downed Allied airmen escape to "neutral" Spain, of civilians and soldiers who crossed the mountains to join the Allied forces.
I find it interesting how alive this subject still is; the many novels and films that have come out recently, telling us about the escape routes and the people living in the foothills of the Pyrenees. 
Books like Cruel Crossing, The Freedom LineLove and War in the Pyrenees and The Nightingale have all come out in the past few years, to name only a few. You can order with great discounts and free delivery by clicking these links.

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