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Nazi prisoner's photo returned to his daughter 80 years on
07 August 2019 @ 01:28

A SPANISH pensioner has just recovered a photograph of herself as a child which was confiscated from her father when he was captured by the Nazis and placed in the Mauthausen concentration camp.

Paquita Jourdà, née González, is now 83 and was recently contacted by historical researchers working on the 'Stolen Memories' project, an attempt to find information about the millions of death camp victims during World War II.

Francisco González Cuadrado, who was born on October 13, 1913, did in fact survive both Mauthausen and Dachau, although he weighed just 40 kilos (6st 4lb) when he returned home.

Working as a lorry driver on the Republican side, holding a humanities degree and based in Algeria, the Barcelona-born prisoner had his few personal possessions confiscated when he entered the concentration camp – one of which was a photograph of his young daughter.

Asturias-based historian Antonio Muñoz, working on the Beatriu de Pinós project, was able to access details held by Tarragona's Rovira i Virgili University, which included a form with Francisco González's details on it and the stolen photo.

Muñoz decided to trace the girl in the picture and return it to her if she was still alive.

She is, and has lived in France since the age of 10, before which she was brought up in Cabrianes, Barcelona by grandparents and an uncle



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