INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS
9, AVENUE D'ORSAY, PARIS-VIIe
TELEGRAMS : INTERFED-PARIS
TELEPHONE : INVALIDES 48-88
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE : President : W. M. Citrine, Great Britain
Vice-Presidents: H. Jacobsen, Denmark; L. Jouhaux, France; E. Kupers, Holland; M Meister, Switzerland; Corn. Mertens, Belgium
General Secretary : W Schevenels
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24th February 1940
Mr. Walter M. Citrine,
Dear Comrade Citrine,
With reference to our last conversation, I should like to remind you of my request concerning the former General Secretary of the UGT, Comrade Jose Rodriguez Vega. I have been informed that Comrade Vega will be coming before a court martial in Madrid in a day or two, and it is feared that a death sentence will be pronounced.
Apart from Comrade Vega's political attitude in the earlier days of the civil war in Spain, I must say that, from 1937 onwards, this comrade took a very courageous stand and defended unreservedly the IFTU and its activities in the Spanish affair.
If you find it in any way possible to use your personal influence with the British authorities with a view at least to saving Comrade Vega's life, our Spanish friends, many other comrades and I myself will be extremely grateful.
Thanking you in advance,
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