It was taken almost eighty years ago as a souvenir for her father, Francisco González Cuadrado, who was operating away in the mines in Algeria.

The story behind the photo came to light this week, when it was returned to the topic, who is now an 83 year-old Spanish grandmother, living just more than the border in France.

Paquita Jourdá, née González was tracked down by a historian operating on the “Stolen Memories” project, which functions to gather stories and facts on these interred and killed in the Nazi death camps for the duration of Globe War Two. A

Historian Antonio Muñoz, had found a file. stored at the Arolson Archives, on 1 of the handful of Spanish prisoners to survive each Mauthausen and Dachau camps, and in the file was the photo confiscated by prison guards.

Muñoz decided to attempt and trace the girl and this month travelled to her household to meet her and return the photograph, accompanied by a photographer and reporter from Spanish news agency Efe. 

He discovered Paquita in the village of Font-Romeu, just more than the border on the French side of the Pyrenees, exactly where she has lived considering the fact that she was ten, obtaining been reunited with her parents at the finish of Globe War Two.

The loved ones had been split apart for the duration of the Spanish Civil war when her father had been a driver for Republican forces, later attempting to make a living in the mines in Algeria.

But with the outbreak of Globe War Two, he had been moved to France and place to function on the Maginot line, exactly where in 1940 he was captured and taken to a prison camp ahead of getting transferred to the notorious Mauthausen and then later to Dachau.


He was freed in 1945 weighing a mere 40kg and discovered his way to the village of Font-Romeu exactly where he was reunited with his wife who fled Franco’s Spain at the finish of the Civil War in 1939.

Meanwhile, Paquita had been brought up by her grandparents and an uncle in the town of Cabrianes, close to Barcelona.

She was smuggled out of Spain and reunited with her parents when she was ten years old but mentioned she had often felt abandoned by her parents.

She told reporters that obtaining the photograph returned to her and being aware of that it was 1 of the handful of possessions her father had held onto produced her “realised how considerably he ought to have loved me”.

Robin Townsend, the photographer for Spanish press agency Efe was sent to cover the story and informed Paquita that his personal father had been with the US army’s 14th Division force which liberated Dachau.