Historuline 19

The Suitcase

Today we want to tell you the story of Juan Sáez Tomás and one particular suitcase.

Our #protagonist, lieutenant Juan Sáez Tomás, belonged to the Quartermaster’s Office of the People’s Army of the Republic, specifically to the Payments Section. In 1939, on the occasion of the retreat to France, he took with him a suitcase containing the money that was destined to pay the troops. For more than 70 years, that suitcase, with the money in it, was guarded by his family.

In 2011, the descendants of Juan Sáez Tomás, who lived in Narbonne, donated the suitcase and its contents to the Exile Memorial Museum as a symbol of a return to the country from which he had never left.

From so far to so close.

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