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Travel on the Freedom Trail for Freedom from Torture: Phil Taylor is fascinated by the Freedom Trail and the stories of the countless thousands who escaped across the Pyrenees to escape persecution and torture. He has used his recent trek to raise funds for Freedom from Torture.

The essence of the Freedom Trail (Le Chemin de la Liberté) . By far the largest numbers were the Spaniards escaping from retribution by Franco’s victorious armies as the Spanish Civil War neared its end. Historian Hugh Thomas, estimates that the flood of refugees included 10,000 wounded, 170,000 women and children, 60,000 male civilians and 250,000 soldiers.

Not so long afterwards people were heading in the opposite direction to escape the Nazi armies that were occupying western Europe. They included civilians, resistance fighters, allied servicemen and refugees. Many were Jews fleeing the deportations to the death camps and French refugees who wanted to join the Free French forces in North Africa.

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Travel on the Freedom Trail for Freedom from Torture: Phil Taylor is fascinated by the Freedom Trail and the stories of the countless thousands who escaped across the Pyrenees to escape persecution and torture. He has used his recent trek to raise funds for Freedom from Torture.The essence of the Freedom Trail (Le Chemin de la Liberté) . By far the largest numbers were the Spaniards escaping from retribution by Franco’s victorious armies as the Spanish Civil War neared its end. Historian Hugh Thomas, estimates that the flood of refugees included 10,000 wounded, 170,000 women and children, 60,000 male civilians and 250,000 soldiers.Not so long afterwards people were heading in the opposite direction to escape the Nazi armies that were occupying western Europe. They included civilians, resistance fighters, allied servicemen and refugees. Many were Jews fleeing the deportations