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Saturday, 10 march 2012 | Financial Times


Recommended Financial Times article by Victor Mallet: "Spanish agony"

We would like to recommend the review of Paul Preston's "The Spanish Holocaust" in today's Financial Times ("Spanish agony"). The book puts in the right perspective certain indisputable facts that many in Spain still try to gloss over of even deny and that still taint the present political order.


Review by Victor Mallet

A leading historian and biographer of Francisco Franco painfully describes the suffering of civilians during the 1930s civil war

The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, by Paul Preston, HarperPress, £30, 720 pages

This is not history for the faint-hearted. Paul Preston’s account of the torture and slaughter of thousands of civilians and captives during and after the Spanish civil war vividly describes events that we would unhesitatingly condemn today as war crimes or crimes against humanity.

Among the milder “punishments” meted out in 1936 by Francisco Franco’s advancing columns to women suspected of leftist sympathies was to shave their heads and force them to drink castor oil so that they soiled themselves as they were marched through the streets. Less fortunate victims were gang-raped and then murdered.


(You can find the rest of the article by clicking here.)

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