HISTORY FORUM: Franco's Ghost- Spain's Painful Road Towards National Reconciliation


HISTORY FORUM: Franco's Ghost- Spain's Painful Road Towards National Reconciliation
by Darius Kadivar
For decades, Spain cast a veil over the atrocities committed during its civil war. But this isolated vast sections of society. Now, breaking this pact of silence is opening old wounds.  
  Premier Carlos Arias Navarro announces the news of Franco's death - 20/11/1975:      
Franco's Ghost - Spain
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April 2007

To some, the government's decision to recognize victims of Franco's regime is simply righting past wrongs. But many don't want to revisit this painful period of Spanish history. 

"In Spanish history books, there are some blank pages", states Francisco Espinosa. "Only the side of the dictatorship has been told". His father was killed by Franco's men during the civil war. Now he hopes to identify his father's body and give him a proper burial. Since Franco died more than 30 years ago, there has been a nationwide pact of silence about the atrocities committed during the civil war. Now the government wants to reopen the archives and offer compensation to the Nationalists' victims. But these plans are reopening old wounds for the Rupublicans' victims.

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