General Julius Deutsch,
27th April 1938.
Sir Walter M. Citrine,
Dear Comrade Citrine,
I should like to draw your attention to the following facts.
After the heavy bombardment of open towns in Spain, especially Barcelona and Valencia, the British and French Governments, as you will recall, sent protest Notes to Franco, and there has indeed, during the last four weeks, been a cessation in the bombardment of Barcelona and Valencia. But now, after the conclusion of the Anglo-Italian agreement, the bombardment of open towns has again started. This week Barcelona has been twice bombarded and Valencia once. In Valencia this attack killed thirty people and wounded fifty out of the civil population.
Having had a conversation with Friedrich Adler, I am laying these facts before you, and should be extremely grateful if representations could be made to the British Government in the most suitable way. It is hardly necessary for me to emphasise how important success in this direction would be for our Spanish comrades.
I should like also to take advantage of this opportunity to thank you very much for your letter on the subject of my wife. The sadism with which she has been treated in prison by the Nazis has been reported by persons who were arrested at the same time and have since been released.