International Brigade Association
SAM WILD (President I.B.A.) Commander British Battalion
MALCOLM DUNBAR (Vice-President I.B.A.) Chief of Staff 15th Brigade
JACK BRENT (Hon. Secretary I.B.A.)
New address: 14, Red Lion Square,
144 HOLBORN, E.C.1
(Entrance in Brooke Street)
25th May 1945
Dear Sir Walter,
We have just learned from an Athens cable that Nicos Karayiannis, formerly a member of the International Brigades, who fought for two and a half years in Spain and was twice wounded, is in serious danger of his life in the Sudan.
Karayiannis was Secretary of the Middle East Section of the Greek Maritime Union, and last summer was arrested and taken to a concentration camp in the Sudan. No charge was made against him, and he has had no trial.
According to the information which has just reached us, he has now been removed to another camp, from which persons are known to be taken for execution. We feel seriously alarmed lest such a thing should happen to him also.
We are writing to ask if you would help by adding your name to a cable to the Greek Premier, M. Voulgaris, and to the British Foreign Office, seeing that he is in British hands though under so-called Greek protection. The cable which we suggest sending is the following:
URGE PROPER TRIAL OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF NICOS KARAYIANNIS FORMER INTERNATIONAL BRIGADER AND SECRETARY OF MIDDLE EAST SECTION MARITIME UNION AT PRESENT DETAINED IN SUDAN CONCENTRATION CAMP
I enclose a stamped addressed postcard so that you can send your assent to this action. If you are able to interest others whose names would also carry weight in the matter, we should be most grateful if you would do so.
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