Joaquim Amat-Piniella

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Joaquim Amat-Piniella (November 22, 1913 in Manresa – August 3, 1974 in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat) was a Catalan writer and politician. He took part in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side, and moved to France after the war. There, he was first interned at the French concentration camps in Rosselló, later forced to work on the Maginot Line, and finally deported by the Germans to the Mauthausen concentration camp.

He survived for five years in the camp, and was then liberated by American troops. He later narrated his experiences and the atrocities of Nazism in the novel K.L. Reich (Barcelona: Club Editor i Kapel, 1984 ISBN 84-85952-33-2). Together with other survivors, he founded the Amical Mauthausen in 1962.

External links

  • Joaquim Amat-Piniella at the Association of Catalan Language Writers. Webpage in Catalan, with translations in English and Spanish.
  • Joaquim Amat-Piniella website (in catalan)
  • Webpage devoted to Joaquim Amat-Piniella at LletrA (UOC), Catalan Literature Online) (English)

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