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How did you get involved with her?
Jo Davidson heard that she was in Perpignan and wanted
to go back. Now, everybody wanted to bring back a lot of
stuff, too, for the soldiers.
Medical equipment, you mean?
Mostly cigarettes, food, chocolate, candy, you know--
all the goodies.
So we hired a car and we packed it with stuff. We spent
everything we could. Everybody gave us money. We put about
two thousand dollars worth of “luxuries” in that car. It
looked like a truck when we were finished.
The French people didn't care about our going out, but
we would have had a lot of trouble going in except for La
Passionaria, when she explained that this was for the boys...
well, we were then heroes, too. On our way to Barcelona, we
saw planes disappearing in the distance and we got to a town
which had just been bombed. They were carrying out the dead
and wounded when we got there. There was dust from the buildings
that had been torn down. Suddenly I realized that I was in
really dangerous territory. I got to Barcelona and the two
people there that I knew were Andre Malraux, who was a Random
House author, and Herb Matthews of the New York Times, who later
on got into a lot of trouble because of Castro's Cuba. But he
had lived in the same house that I had as a boy, up in
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