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.
- 1 Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Putin critic may have been murdered by Islamic extremists, says president-led committee
British are sexually uptight, dirty and drink too much – according to Spanish book
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...