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Tuesday, 3 december 2013 | Wall Street Journal


Highly Recommended: Franco's Legacy Rattles Spain (WSJ)

We highly recommend the article Franco's Legacy Rattles Spain by Matt Moffett and David Roman published in the Wall Street Journal on December 1st 2013.

Some excerpts:

In 1977, Spain's parliament passed an amnesty law that protected officials of the dictatorship and those involved in Civil War-era crimes, including supporters of anti-Franco forces, from prosecution.

Since then, many Spaniards who were sympathetic to Franco were absorbed into the conservative PP, and began to embrace more-centrist positions. That has had the effect of draining the potential membership pool for extreme-right parties, analysts say.

But the absorption of the Franco legacy into the political mainstream has created some contradictions that bedevil Spain and the PP to this day.


"The consequence of not acknowledging these crimes is that we're now seeing a generation of young people who don't know the truth," said Emilio Silva, president of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory, a group representing victims of the dictatorship.

Read the full article here

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