Title: Conference of Julio Just on Blasco Ibáñez
Duration: 5 min., 29 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Datación aproximada. Intervención de Julio Just reivindicando para Valencia la memoria de Blasco Ibáñez. Comenta la retirada por parte del régimen franquista de una calle que llevaba su nombre en la plaza de cajeros en Valencia por motivos políticos.
It is a speech of the political, journalist and writer in exile Julio Just Gimeno, in which he defends the historical memory of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez for Valencia, battered since the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, and doomed to oblivion by the Franco regime, so obviously deliberate. Not only do his writings and novels were banned after the Republican defeat. The names of streets and squares had been changed by others mythologized by the regime as a way to eliminate a substantial part of the Republican past of Valencia, and therefore a substantial part of their identity. In fact, explains "Julio Just" as well in his address, the francoism had erased all traces of the immortal political and intellectual , and even his own house was being respected as he deserved..
But this is not an isolated conference. As recalled in his memoirs himself Julian Antonio Ramirez, Julio Just Gimeno became an occasional contributor to 'Radio París', as strong supporter of the historical memory of Blasco Ibánez, without be quoted any of his political offices (Ici Paris, pp . 306 and 343). In fact, Julio Just Gimeno was one of the leading figures in France, representatives of republican governments in exile. Born in Valencia in 1898, was a deputy for his city in the three legislatures of the Second Republic as one of the movement's leaders 'valencianist'. He served as Director General of Water and Ports for the same, and he served as Minister of Public Works between 1936 and 1937.
In 1939 he was exiled to France where, from 1947 to 1976, the year of his death, was a member of almost every government in exile (except the government of Álvaro de Albornoz, 1947-1951). Member of the National Standing Committee of 'Izquierda Republicana' (Republican Left), was responsible for various ministries (Defense, Interior and Immigration), exerting as deputy prime minister of the government on several occasions (1960-1962 and 1971-1976). Moreover, its close relationship with members of successive French governments made it a regular interlocutor between them and the Republican government in exile. He never returned to Spain, and died a few months after Franco.
However, together with his strictly political career, there was another of writer and journalist, indissociable from the previous, in wich the figure of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez was very present. In fact, own Blasco Ibáñez was a traditional friend of the family. Julio Just studied engineering, and enjoyed a stay in France thanks to a scholarship for further study, where he had contact with Leon Blum and met the ideas of the Socialist International. After returning to Valencia began his career in various periodicals, not only regional but also national. On the other hand, also devoted himself to writing books, becoming the first biographer of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, in his book 'Blasco Ibáñez i València', written entirely in Valencian. In addition, during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera was in charge of clandestine distribution of leaflets Blasco Ibáñez, especially those who inveighed against Alfonso XIII and his military clique, which ended up costing him several convictions and, finally, the banishment of Valencia. On the other hand, began the construction of the "Swamp of Blasco Ibáñez", later called "Generalissimo Swamp".
University of Alicante. University Library. Fonoteca