Autonomous Government of Euzkadi
24 Belgrave Square
14th July, 1938.
Sir Walter Citrine, K.B.E.,
Dear Sir Walter Citrine,
PERSECUTION OF THE BASQUE PEOPLE
I have been instructed by my Government to send to you the attached excerpts from an official report, analysing the persecution of the Basque people during and since the rebel war in our country.
The figures given of the numbers who are in prison or concentration camps, etc., and those who have been punished in lesser or greater degrees by the rebel authorities, may be taken to indicate two important factors:-
(1) The determination of the rebels to obliterate the patriotic spirit of the Basques; and
(2) The equal determination of the Basques to preserve their traditions and national spirit.
It will, of course, be understood that these punitive measures have been taken against the Basques not on criminal but direct political grounds; and they serve to show how a "peace" based on a Franco totalitarian victory cannot be of a permanent nature, so far as the Basque country is concerned at least.
J.I. de Lizaso