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Spain wrestles with Franco’s resting place

The Valley of the Fallen

A group of experts has recommended that Franco be exhumed and El Valle de los Caídos, the notorious monument to him, be transformed into a place of reconciliation. It’s extremely unlikely to happen, but one day Spain must resolve the conundrum presented by this sinister reminder of Francoism and the Civil War.

December 5th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Mission: Impossible, the Valley of the Fallen

Valle de los Caidos

A religious shrine or a monument to hate? The Valley of the Fallen, which houses General Franco’s tomb, has loomed over the landscape outside Madrid and Spain’s collective memory for decades. Now, 36 years after the death of the dictator, the government has appointed a commission to decide the site’s fate.

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Valley of the Fallen: “A symbol of the Franco dictatorship or a religious site?”

With the Spanish government now pondering what to do with the Valley of the Fallen, freelance journalist and Iberosphere contributor Nick Lyne visits the site of General Franco’s tomb outside Madrid and questions its status in modern Spain.

June 20th, 2011 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

The Spanish holocaust

British historian Paul Preston’s latest book, ‘The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination during the Civil War and After’, makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the Spanish Civil War, and the systematic policy of rape, murder and repression carried out by Franco’s forces.

June 1st, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Books | Read More »

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