International Metalworkers' Federation
International Secretary: CONRAD ILG,
THOMAS MCKENNA, O.B.E.
93 Borough Road W.,
Sir Walter Citrine K.B.E.,
The Trades Union Congress,
Transport House, Smith Square,
31st July 1939
Dear Sir Walter Citrine,
I am writing on behalf of the above, who was General Secretary of the late Spanish Metalworkers' Federation and who was a respected colleague of mine in the International Metalworkers' Federation for a number of years. During the Spanish Civil War he was among the leaders of the Republican side; he held on to the end, so late indeed that at the finish he barely escaped with his life. He is an anti-communist.
His wife died about two years ago in Madrid and he was left with four children, one a girl nineteen years of age, married, and who is now with her husband at a camp in Argeles, France. They have made up their minds to go to Russia.
There is a son twenty-two years of age, who until lately was in Perpignan. The father finds to his grief that his son has become an ardent communist and has lately gone to live in Russia.
Carrillo has now had to forego any idea of reunion, so far as the above are concerned.
The paramount desire of Carrillo is that every effort should be made to bring his two younger children to this country and to him if possible. They are, a boy fifteen years of age, Roberto, - and a girl, Nora, fourteen years old, both at present at Oran. To have them in his sight so that he can give them some care matters more to him that anything else on earth.
I understand that the case was put into the hands of your office about two months ago, i.e., to bring these children from Oran to London, by Mr. Lincoln Evans, the Assistant Secretary of the Iron & Steel Trades Confederation, on behalf of the Advisory Committee of the British Section of the I.M.F. Up to the present we have had no satisfactory news.
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