13 pp. fundraising pamphlet from the Spanish Refugee Appeal, with a collection of short anti-Franco essays including "The Spain of the Pentagon and the Spain of the Spaniards", "The Spain of the Guerrillas", and "The Spanish Exiles and the Spanish Refugee Appeal". Not illustrated. Thin paper, browning and chipping along edges, some tears to right side about a third of the way down the page. Square 8vo. Original illustrated thin paper wrpps., toning, small area of mildew staining along top edge of front cover, minor loss to top right corner, tear along spine crease and small tear to right side. San Francisco (Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee) n.d. (circa 1950).
The Spanish Refugee Appeal was the fundraising branch of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee (JAFRC), founded in 1942. The writings in this pamphlet support the Spanish refugees who fled Spain after Franco's victory, and conclude with a brief update on JAFRC's recent legal troubles. Although originally given tax-exempt status during WWII to deliver aid to refugees, the Committee ran into trouble with the newly-created House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), due in large part to its Communist affiliations and anti-Catholic views. JAFRC's records were subpoenaed at the end of 1945, leading to a legal battle, the indictment of JAFRC's Executive Board, and brief prison sentences for each board member. The update in this pamphlet reads, "This case grew out of the refusal of the National Board to turn over its books and records to the J. Parnell Thomas House Un-American Activities Committee. The reason for this refusal is very simple. These records contain not only the names of those Americans who have contributed money to the Spanish Refugee Appeal over the past twelve years, but also the names of Spaniards inside of Spain who have received aid...the National Board felt that it could not risk the lives of refugees and the reputations of donors by turning its records over." Continual harassment by the U.S. government led to the JAFRC's disbandment in 1955. Very scarce; as of October 2018, WorldCat does not locate a single holding for this pamphlet.
Cheap paper browning and chipping along the edges and corners; splitting along the upper spine, but wrappers holding. No record for this title in OCLC, although likely in the Tamiment’s JAFRC Records. Book ID: 48964