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In 1936, Elena Rubio Viu’s great-grandfather, his brothers, their wives and children all had to leave their village, Leciñena (a municipality of Zaragoza, Spain), because of their links to the Republican Left. Their journey was long, arduous, full of uncertainty and, at times, disconcerting. Viu has recorded key episodes of their odyssey: through Barcelona, Colliure (where they shared a shelter with Antonio Machado), Argelès Sur Mer, Mauthausen…. It was a journey where their survival was at stake. Another member of the family, Francisco Franco, took a different route and never returned home. Elena Rubio has researched her family history and obtained documents which reveal how the fate of her great-great-uncle, Francisco Franco, allied to the Spanish Republican troops, was linked to decisions taken in Hitler’s Nazi Germany. This is a family history written by one of their descendants. In short, it is a personal account, reminding us of what cannot and should not be forgotten