May 05 from 2022 - 20: 30
Today, May 5, is the Day of Tribute to the Spanish deported and dead in Mauthausen and in other camps and to all the victims of Nazism in Spain. At the municipal cemetery of Dénia there has been an act of homage to the Dianenses victims of Nazism to Mauthausen promoted by the Xarxa Memòria (Municipalities for the enhancement of historical memory) of the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FVMP) and the Delegation of l'Amical of the Valencian Community and supported by the Dénia City Council. The act is part of the programming of the historical memory days "Memory and future" that are held in the city during April and May.
The first deputy mayor, Maria Josep Ripoll, recalled that Asensio Vives Roselló, Jaime Crespo Vengut, José Ramis Grimalt and Vicente Pérez Bolufer, sons of Dénia, fought in the Spanish Civil War mobilized by the legitimate government of the Republic. The end of the war and the predictable repression led them into exile in France. After the harsh experience in the French camps, the worst end still awaited them: the Nazi extermination camps of Mauthausen and Gusen. Asensio Vives, Jaime Crespo and José Ramis were assassinated there. Only Vicente Pérez survived, who would die 11 years later, still in exile in France, in an accident.
Josep Ahuir spoke on behalf of the relatives of the Dianense victims of Nazism to Mauthausen, who thanked the associations and the city council "for keeping the flame of their memory alive" and it is possible that "finally, they have been made a little justice, because for many years we have had the executioner living here and the exiled victims”.
Thousands of Republicans ended up in concentration camps after the Civil War
In the Mauthausen concentration camp, and in the Gusen subcamp, around 8.000 Spanish Republicans were interned who were forced to leave our country at the end of the Spanish War. They were deprived of their nationality by decision of the Francoist government and therefore declared stateless; they were ignored by the French government of Marshal Petain; they suffered countless atrocities and nearly 5.300 were killed there and in other Nazi concentration camps. According to the latest data verified by AMICAL, there were a total of 656 deportees (including 10 women) from 234 Valencian municipalities, who arrived at the Nazi concentration and extermination camps. Of the 656 deportees, 411 were killed, 5 disappeared, 1 escaped, and 239 were finally released. Only 5 of the deportees managed to survive.