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Postby forrado » June 2nd, 2018, 8:51 am

The audio back catalogue of 500+ In Our Time programmes hosted on BBC Radio 4 by Melvin Bragg at … ... is fast becoming my put-me-to-sleep bedtime listening.

While some of the subjects covered by Baron Bragg of Wigton and his invited panel of experts can be obscure and at times mind numbing. Every now and again up pops a nugget from recent history that interests me, such as this airing at …

Picasso's Guernica
“Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the context and impact of Pablo Picasso's iconic work, created soon after the bombing on 26th April 1937 that obliterated much of the Basque town of Guernica, and its people. The attack was carried out by warplanes of the German Condor Legion, joined by the Italian air force, on behalf of Franco's Nationalists. At first the Nationalists denied responsibility, blaming their opponents for creating the destruction themselves for propaganda purposes, but the accounts of journalists such as George Steer, and the prominence of Picasso's work, kept the events of that day under close scrutiny. Picasso's painting has gone on to become a symbol warning against the devastation of war.”

While I have a particular interest in all things Spanish and was aware of what took place at Guernica. What I wasn’t fully aware of was the part played by the South African-born British journalist George Steer and the impact his on-site dispatches had in telling the World what happened that day. It was how Pablo Picasso first got to learn about Guernica living as he then was in Paris. See George Steer’s report on the front page of the New York Times less than 48 hours after the bombing of Guernica at …

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Re: Guernica


Postby redsturgeon » June 2nd, 2018, 9:21 am

Plus ca change...


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