Title: [Homage to the Vice-Chancellor Jean Louis- Sarrailh in Paris : 6th broadcasting]
Duration: 17 min., 18 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Homenaje al celébre hispanísta Jean Serrailh, dirige el acto Rodolfo Llopis, presidente de la liga española de la enseñanza, entre otros habla el homenajeado.
Jean Sarrailh's death in 1964 represented a devastating moral blow among the political and intellectual circles of the exiled republican, to which the great hispanist had been very attached and had always supported. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Paris and founder of the 'Instituto de Altos Estudios de América Latina' (IAEAL), as well as Member of the Committee of Honour of the Ateneo Ibero-Americano. That why it was decided to dedicate a posthumous homage to him in the first anniversary of his death. These were the words of General Emilio Herrera , who could not attend the homage because of health problems:
'Most of the prestige that our Ibero-American Ateneo has enjoyed from its foundation has been owed to the fact that the highest teaching authority in France, professor Sarrailh, Vice-Chancellor of the Sorbonne, has accepted to be brought to the forefront of its Committee of Honour. This forces every person related to the Ateneo to conserve the memories of our unforgettable and dear patron, late for more than a year, as one of the firmest reasons that encourages us to be, with our cultural activities, worthy of the honour that he gave us by associating his distinguished name to the one of our dear Ibero-American Ateneo of Paris'.
Such homage was celebrated on 27th February 1965, organised by the Ateneo itself, in the 'Instituto de Altos Estudios de América Latina', and with the participation of Radio París. The act was held under the presidency of Marcel Bataillon, with the participation of a significant list of personalities from different origins. So, among the exiled Spanish republicans, it is worth mentioning José Ballester, politician and pedagogue, very attached to the Ateneo, who would get to chair the League of Rights of Man; professor Claudio Sánchez-Albornoz, famous historian and President of the Republican Government in the Exile between 1962 and March 1971; and José Maldonado González, who formed part of several governments of the Republic in the Exile, and arrived to be his last President. It also had the participation of the Director of the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Jean Cassou, also a great hispanist and Member of the Committee of Honour of the Ateneo, and of the Ambassador of Venezuela in France, A. Pulido Méndez. They all highlighted in his speeches the most excellent elements of our hispanista, just as the recordings show.
On the other hand, together with the interventions of the aforementioned personalities, another moments of big emotion followed. There was a reading of the many received messages of adhesion of support, stressing the one from the former President of the Republic of Colombia, Eduardo Santos. Moreover, Jean Sarrailh daughters were awarded a medal, engraved with the words 'The Association of Friends of Don Quixote', on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes' immortal work. But the peak moment was when the organizers ran the recordings provided by André Camp. On them, Radio París had collected the speeches delivered by Jean Cassou, Albert Camus, Rodolfo Llopis and Jean Sarrailh himself on January 1955, on the occasion of the homage that was equally paid to the hispanist after the publication of his book The Illustrated Spain of the Second Half of the XVIII Century. Finally, as the closure ceremony of the act, the president Marcel Bataillon proceeded to the reading of a letter sent by Jean Sarrailh's widow:
'(…) Your friend Sarrailh considered himself in exile; voluntary exile, is true, but no less painful, since Spain was his second homeland and you were brothers to him (…)'.
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