Postcard from... Andalusia
Saturday 22 June 2013
It never fails to shock tourists to hear that Spain’s most famous poet, Federico García Lorca and other Republicans murdered by General Franco’s death squads in the earliest days of the Civil War remain buried in unmarked graves just outside the tiny village of Víznar in Andalusia.
But soon the sites of the mass executions and burials will be identified, clearly marked and tidied up, in a ¤40,000 (£34,000) project paid for by Víznar town hall. Thus the recognition of what happened there 80 years ago will be transformed into the closest version yet of a cemetery. Currently, all that exists is a single small monument, plaques placed by families and a rough, flower-bedecked stone cross lying in a single deep hollow – surrounded by a network of mountain bike trails.
Although an excavation in 2009 failed to find victims, this time a team of 11 archaeologists will carry out investigations to try to determine the exact sites of the executions. There is little doubt victims run into the thousands. The night-time mass assassinations of Republicans in the densely wooded ravines began shortly after Franco’s uprising started on July 18 1936 and continued through to early 1937. Lorca himself was killed on the night of August 18 1936.
“We did what we could in 2003,” Viznar’s mayor, Luis Pérez, said when the monument was placed there. But he believes identification of the sites is important not only for “those who were shot, but the many, many relatives of those victims”. Entangled in a mix of conflicting family wishes and Spanish legislation, however, exhumation and identification remains unlikely.
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Feminist quotes to inspire you on the International Women's Day
Oscar Pistorius trial first week: Never mind a media scrum – murder case becomes bizarre safari following the tracks of a wounded lion
International Women’s Day: 'When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch' - feminist quotes from female icons to inspire you
Malaysia Airlines plane: Oil slick is first sign that missing flight crashed into sea killing up to 239 on board
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists
- 2 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: A small but growing chain of boutique hot...
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: The company works with Tier 1 FTSE 100 Ba...
£45 - 60k Per Annum: Charter Selection: Highly profitable leisure brand, marke...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residenti...