In the Service of Stalin: The Spanish Communists in Exile, 1939-1945

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDavid Wingeate Pike

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This is the epic story of the tens of thousands of communists exiled from Spain after Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. With their iron discipline and fervent dedication to Stalin's cause, they did not hesitate, when the moment came in the Second World War, to throw themselves againinto the struggle against fascism. In the Service of Stalin is the first full scholarly study of their experiences. David Wingeate Pike examines the contribution of the Spanish communists to the resistance in France and recounts their sufferings in Mauthausen, the concentration camp in Austria to which most who were captured were consigned. He aso traces the experiences of those thousands who were admitted intothe Soviet Union, where they fought in the Red Army or languished and perished in the prisons and slave camps of the Gulag. Professor Pike's unparalleled access to the archives, many previously unexplored, and the information derived from his interviews with survivors combine to make this both an important addition to our knowledge of the Second World War and an enthralling, often moving account of the experiences ofsome of its participants.

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This is the epic story of the tens of thousands of communists exiled from Spain after Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. With their iron discipline and fervent dedication to Stalin's cause, they did not hesitate, when the moment came in the Second World War, to throw themselves againinto the struggle against fascism. In the Ser...

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This is the epic story of those tens of thousands of communists exiled from Spain after Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. With their iron discipline and fervent dedication to Stalin's cause, they did not hesitate, when the moment came in the Second World War, to throw themselves again into the struggle against fascism. In the ...

David Wingeate Pike is at American University of Paris.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:474 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198203152

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`a wideranging and often moving account of the activities of Spanish Communists in France and elsewhere during the Second World War. Based on exhaustive research into an impressive array of written and oral sources, its span is remarkable. ... His deeply felt work is a significant contributionto many aspects of the history of the Second World War... Pike's spin-chilling accounts of the bestial atrocities committed during the Nazi oppression in France and in the concentration camps are profoundly disturbing yet written with both deep humanity and a passion which is revealed in aninvestigation into the subsequent fate of some of the killers and torturersamong the camp guards... Superbly written'English Historical Review