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BUILDING MEMORIES IN XÀBIA - TWO XABIEROS REMEMBERED
Valencia honours to holocaust victims from Xàbia

Wednesday 30th January 2019

JAVEA NEWS | BUILDING MEMORIES IN XÀBIA

The Ayuntamiento de Xàbia has received memorial plaques dedicated to the memory of two Xabieros Batiste Bas Soler and Bertomeu Cardona Espasa who died at the Mauthausen Gusen Nazi concentration camp in 1941. The plaques were presented to mayor José Chulvi by Gabriela Bravo, Justice Minister at the Generalitat Valenciana, as part of the 'Building Memories' project through which the regional government is remembering and paying homage to Valencian victims of the Nazi horror.

The mayor collected the plaques on behalf of the families and said that honouring such memories - especially painful ones - should be an obligation for any society which wants to be at peace with itself. He added that Batiste Bas Soler and Bertomeu Cardona Espasa were "people like us" with a life, a family and a handful of hopes that were devastated and this is something to remember. The mayor wanted to thank the Generalitat Valenciana for their dignified gesture and reparation for the victims and for their work to encourage a more humane, fair and aware society.

Batiste Bas Soler was born in 1912 and was incarcerated in the camp in January 1941. In November of the same year he was killed aged 29. Bertomeu Cardona Espasa was born in 1919 and was sent to the camp in 1941. He was also murdered in November of the same year aged 22.

The Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp was part of a large collection of facilities built around the villages of Mauthausen and Sankt Georgen an der Gusen in Upper Austria, about 20 kilometres east of Linz. Opened in August 1938, it became one of the largest labour camp complexes in German-occupied Europe within two years. Inmates were forced to work as slave labour under conditions that caused many deaths. The camps included quarries, munition factories, mines, arms factories and factories assembling the Me262 fighter aircraft. Although the deal toll remains unknown, it has been estimated that up to 320,000 people might have been killed in the complex. It was the last to be liberated by the Allies in May 1945.


Acto Construint Memoria Xàbia

Ayer el Ayuntamiento de Xàbia ha recibido de manos de la Consellera de Justicia, Gabriela Bravo, las baldosas homenaje dedicadas a Batiste Bas Soler y Bertomeu Cardona Espasa, fallecidos en 1941 en el campo de concentración nazi de Mauthausen Gusen. Este acto simbólico forma parte del proyecto “Construint Memòria” con el que la Generalitat está recordando y rindiendo homenaje a las víctimas valencianas del horror nazi.

El alcalde, José Chulvi, ha recogido las losas en nombre de las familias y ha defendido que reivindicar la memoria - especialmente la memoria del dolor - es una “obligación de cualquier sociedad que quiera estar en paz consigo misma” frente a las ceremonias del olvido, “que condenan a una doble derrota a quienes ya han sufrido demasiado”.

Chulvi ha señalado que Batiste Bas Soler y Bertomeu Cardona Espasa “fueron personas como nosotros: con una vida, una familia y un puñado de esperanzas que fueron arrasadas” algo que hay que recordar. Es por ello, que ha querido agradecer al Govern Valencià “su gesto de dignificación y reparación a las víctimas, su trabajo por ser una sociedad más humana, más justa y más consciente”.





 

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