Narrator Christopher Kipiniak's stirring performance does justice to Howard Fast's indictment of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. In this powerful piece, Fast, who was later jailed by the House of Un-American Activities Committee for his support of the antifascist movement in Spain, describes the struggles of the Spanish people under Franco, focusing on the great general strike movement. Kipiniak's impassioned tone captures the urgency of Fast's attempt to persuade Americans to support the Spanish fight for freedom against oppression. Fast's moving declaration that a policy of non-intervention is against all principles of democracy will ring true for listeners even today.
Here is Fast’s powerful denunciation of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, and a remarkable historical document of Spain’s fight for freedom from governmental oppression.
Howard Fast was a longtime proponent of the antifascist movement in Spain. During the Spanish Civil War, Fast supported a hospital for Popular Front forces, and in 1950 he was sentenced to three months in jail for refusing to give the names of other supporters of that hospital to the House Un-American Activities Committee. In this pamphlet, published in 1951, Fast gives an overview of Spain under the rule of General Francisco Franco, including the mass strikes that were organized to weaken him. Fast’s fervent appeals to listeners to reject American military agreements with Spain demonstrate his passionate opposition to fascism. As Fast writes, “Spain fights on, and in those three words there is a miracle. . . . There is no Spanish worker, professional, intellectual or peasant who strikes a blow for freedom without our being intimately concerned”.