Quinta del biberón
A dictionary of Spanish history and culture
The young soldiers, aged between 17 and 19, called up to fight for the Republic during the Civil War. Between 27,000 and 35,000 were enlisted in a desperate attempt by the army to turn a war they were losing. The term (something like “baby’s bottle draft” in English) was supposedly coined by the Anarchist leader Frederica Montseny in reference to their tender age. Many of those not killed were to spend their early twenties in Franco’s concentration camps. Their story has recently come back into public limelight with the 2004 publication of ‘La Quinta del Biberón. Los años perdidos” by Emma Aixalà in which she describes the experiences of 13 survivors.
Quinta del biberón history, english