INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
9, AVENUE D'ORSAY, PARIS-VIIe
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President: W. M Citrine, Great Britain.
Vice-President: H. Jacobsen, Denmark; L. Jouhaux, France; Corn. Mertens, Belgium; R. Tayerle, Czechoslovakia.
General Secretary: W. Schevenels.
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Letter: F. I. de Sol
30th December, 1936.
Mr. Walter M. Citrine,
T.U.C. General Council,
Dear Comrade Citrine,
In reply to your letter of the 22nd December regarding the appeal launched by Mrs. Pack, Hendaye, for relief of Spanish refugees in Bayonne, I would inform you that I got into touch at once with our French comrades who are responsible for the administration of the French Solidarity Fund (which is existing apart from our International Solidarity Fund).
Comrade F. Dupont, who is the Managing Director of this Fund, stated that the combined French Relief Committee is looking after many refugees (women and children) in the different parts of France and that he is not aware that a special emergency exists in Bayonne; on the contrary, he informed me that the Mayor of Bayonne has made the greatest efforts, with the support of the combined French Relief Committee, to help the Spanish refugees and that so far no complaint had come from Bayonne in this respect. Nevertheless, Comrade Dupont promised me to investigate at once the situation at Bayonne.
Considering that the funds at the disposal of the combined French Relief Committee are at least as high as the total amount put at the disposal of the International Solidarity Fund by the various National Centres and Parties (including USA), I thought up till now that the relief action in France ought to be exclusively the duty of the