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The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 2)

Drawing on interviews recorded nearly fifty years ago but never before broadcast, this second and final part of "The Spanish Crucible" takes us to the battlefields of the Spanish civil war to ask how did the Canadians fight, how did they die and why were the survivors harrassed and spied on by the RCMP?

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Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Marvin Penn #5Nov 7, 2012 | 1:20Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Marvin Penn #5 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Marvin Penn #5 Nov 7, 2012 | 1:20Marvin Penn's experience of the battle of Jarama; the first major battle involving Canadian volunteers.
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Mike Hyduk, Nick Elendyk, and Fred Kostyk #6Nov 7, 2012 | 2:39Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Mike Hyduk, Nick Elendyk, and Fred Kostyk #6 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Mike Hyduk, Nick Elendyk, and Fred Kostyk #6 Nov 7, 2012 | 2:39Battle of Belchite. Mike Hyduk, Nick Elendyk and Fred Kostyk describe the brutal close quarters combat and street fighting that was needed to win the town for the International Brigades
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Episode 1 (Part 1)Nov 9, 2012 | 24:59Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 1 (Part 1) Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 1 (Part 1) Nov 9, 2012 | 24:59"The road to Spain" - part 1 of two special episodes The Spanish civil war, 1936 -1939. More than 1600 Canadians went to fight to defend its elected government against a military coup led by General Francisco Franco. Over 400 of them died in battle or went missing. The exact figures will never be known. Who were these men? Why did they volunteer to risk their lives for a cause some of them hardly knew anything about? How did they fight? How did they die? And why were the survivors who limped home in defeat treated so badly - some blacklisted - even spied on by police and government officials? Thanks to a remarkable archive of recordings made nearly fifty years ago but until now never broadcast we can answer those questions and present, for the first time, the Spanish civil war as witnessed by Canadians who fought on the front lines. The story is told in two special editions of Living out Loud.
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Episode 1 (Part 2)Nov 11, 2012 | 27:28Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 1 (Part 2) Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 1 (Part 2) Nov 11, 2012 | 27:28Show 1 part 2 "The road to Spain" The Spanish civil war, 1936 -1939. More than 1600 Canadians went to fight to defend its elected government against a military coup led by General Francisco Franco. Over 400 of them died in battle or went missing. The exact figures will never be known. Who were these men? Why did they volunteer to risk their lives for a cause some of them hardly knew anything about? How did they fight? How did they die? And why were the survivors who limped home in defeat treated so badly - some blacklisted - even spied on by police and government officials? Thanks to an remarkable archive of recordings made nearly fifty years ago but until now never broadcast we can answer those questions and present, for the first time, the Spanish civil war as witnessed by Canadians who fought in the front lines. The story is told in two special editions of Living out Loud.
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Michael Petrou #1Nov 7, 2012 | 1:47Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Michael Petrou #1 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Michael Petrou #1 Nov 7, 2012 | 1:47November 1936 Michael Petrou reads a letter in the National archives written by Hazen Size to his aunt in Canada which describes working under bombardment in Madrid. PLUS Rosaleen Ross describing how she gave blood herself and saw the tranfusion 'bring men back from the dead'
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Toronto Star report #10Nov 7, 2012 | 3:03Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Toronto Star report #10 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Toronto Star report #10 Nov 7, 2012 | 3:03Coming home to a frosty welcome. Toronto Star report of men arriving at Halifax PLUS Alex Chambers describes being harrassed by the police and when the second world war broke out trying to recruit but turned away with the words; "we don't want your revolutions"
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 2)Nov 16, 2012 | 27:28Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 2) Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 2) Nov 16, 2012 | 27:28Drawing on interviews recorded nearly fifty years ago but never before broadcast, this second and final part of "The Spanish Crucible" takes us to the battlefields of the Spanish civil war to ask how did the Canadians fight, how did they die and why were the survivors harrassed and spied on by the RCMP?
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Peter Hunter #2Nov 7, 2012 | 2:32Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Peter Hunter #2 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Peter Hunter #2 Nov 7, 2012 | 2:32Peter Hunter - at that time an organiser for the Young Communist League - describes how in Toronto he organised volunteers who came from all over Canada getting them fitted up to go to Spain with cheap clothes, some money and a ticket to New York to get the ship to Europe - trying to make them look like tourists to dodge the RCMP - it was illegal to go to fight in Spain.
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Jules Paivio #3Nov 7, 2012 | 1:10Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Jules Paivio #3 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Jules Paivio #3 Nov 7, 2012 | 1:10Jules Paivio describes his journey from France to Spain - over goat tracks high in the Pyrenees mountains.
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Ron Liversedge #4Nov 7, 2012 | 2:53Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Ron Liversedge #4 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Ron Liversedge #4 Nov 7, 2012 | 2:53Ron Liversedge describes the sinking of the ship "City of Barcelona" by an Italian submarine.
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Hugh Garner #7Nov 7, 2012 | 3:49Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Hugh Garner #7 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Hugh Garner #7 Nov 7, 2012 | 3:49Hugh Garner believes he was given a 'suicide assignment' by his commander for the "crime" of eating more than his fair share of the food when the soldiers were up at the front
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Jules Paivio #8Nov 7, 2012 | 1:20Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Jules Paivio #8 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Jules Paivio #8 Nov 7, 2012 | 1:20Jules Paivio is captured and nearly executed by firing squad
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Mike Hyduk #9Nov 7, 2012 | 2:48Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Mike Hyduk #9 Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Mike Hyduk #9 Nov 7, 2012 | 2:48Mike Hyduk describes the chaotic retreats and the final stand at the Ebro River to CBC interviewer Mac Reynolds
Living Out Loud - The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 1)Nov 16, 2012 | 24:58Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 1) Audio
Living Out Loud The Spanish Crucible - Episode 2 (Part 1) Nov 16, 2012 | 24:58Drawing on interviews recorded nearly fifty years ago but never before broadcast, this second and final part of "The Spanish Crucible" takes us to the battlefields of the Spanish civil war to ask how did the Canadians fight, how did they die and why were the survivors harrassed and spied on by the RCMP?

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