18th November, 1942.
Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden, M.C., M.P.,
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs,
Downing Street, S.W.1.
Dear Mr. Eden,
On several occasions during the past two years I have written to you and Lord Halifax with regard to the position of Largo Caballero, leader of the Spanish T.U.C. who had escaped to unoccupied France. We were told that he was to be handed over to the Franco Government and that, like others before him, he would be certainly sentenced to death. Both Lord Halifax and your good self assisted us, and the United States authorities were also requested to take the matter up. Eventually we were pleased to have a message from you on January 15th, 1942, indicating that the United States authorities had obtained an assurance from the Vichy Government that Largo Caballero could hot be extradited to Spain.
Telegrams are now reaching me from his Spanish friends assuring me that Caballero together with other Spanish Republican leaders have been delivered to the Spanish Government by the Germans.
I am hoping that they are mistaken as they have been on former occasions, but I am somewhat uneasy personally on account of the new situation in France. Would it be possible for you to ascertain whether there is any truth in the statement that Largo Caballero has been handed over to the Franco Government, and if the statement is correct could you kindly see your way to ask your Ambassador to exercise