jueves, 3 de marzo de 2016

Sobre las fosas comunes - de NPR (EE.UU.)

NPR, la radio nacional pública en los EE.UU., ha publicado un artículo (también disponible para escuchar, abajo) sobre las fosas comunes en España. No hay ninguna información nueva para los de nosotros que hemos seguido esta clase de noticias desde hace una década; sin embargo, me parece buena señal que se dé a conocer en los medios públicos de este país y así se difunde a aún más oyentes. A algunos les sigue asombrando que aún pueda haber tantas fosas comunes en un país como España. Gracias a Sam, un ex-estudiante mío, el haberme enviado este enlace.

Fallece a los 100 años el último voluntario de la Brigada Lincoln

Del New York Times (3.3.16)

Delmer Berg, the last known living veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, which vainly fought against Fascism’s advance into Spain in the late 1930s, died on Sunday at his home in Columbia, Calif. He was 100.

His death was confirmed by Marina Garde, the executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives in New York, who said Mr. Berg was believed to have been the only survivor left of the nearly 3,000 quixotic young Americans who volunteered for the Spanish Civil War in a bloody prelude to World War II. About 800 of those who volunteered were believed to have been killed.


jueves, 29 de octubre de 2015

Documental "El gran vuelo"


El gran vuelo / The Great Flight (2014) - tráiler from CAROLINA ASTUDILLO MUÑOZ on Vimeo.
SINOPSIS En los primeros años de la dictadura franquista, Clara Pueyo Jornet, militante del Partido Comunista, escapa de la prisión de Les Corts de Barcelona por la puerta principal. En ese momento su huella se pierde para siempre. Había vivido en constante fuga y pretendía huir también de la rigidez de su propio partido. Su historia es también la historia de las mujeres de su época y de su lucha por la libertad en una sociedad que intentó reprimirlas.

SYNOPSIS In the early years of the Franco dictatorship, Clara Pueyo Jornet, an active militant in the Communist Party, escapes from Les Corts prison in Barcelona by the front door. From that moment, she vanishes without a trace. She had been living on the run and she sought to escape from the rigidity of her own party. Her story is also the story of the women of her time and their struggle for freedom in a society that tried to repress them.

Más aquí, en la web de la directora

miércoles, 29 de julio de 2015

Homenaje en Verín (Ourense) a represaliados por el franquismo


Libro: Democracy Without Justice in Spain, de Omar Encarnación (La democracia sin justicia en España)

Resumen (via la editorial):

Spain is a notable exception to the implicit rules of late twentieth-century democratization: after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975, the recovering nation began to consolidate democracy without enacting any of the mechanisms promoted by the international transitional justice movement. There were no political trials, no truth and reconciliation commissions, no formal attributions of blame, and no apologies. Instead, Spain's national parties negotiated the Pact of Forgetting, an agreement intended to place the bloody Spanish Civil War and the authoritarian excesses of the Franco dictatorship firmly in the past, not to be revisited even in conversation. Formalized by an amnesty law in 1977, this agreement defies the conventional wisdom that considers retribution and reconciliation vital to rebuilding a stable nation. Although not without its dark side, such as the silence imposed upon the victims of the Civil War and the dictatorship, the Pact of Forgetting allowed for the peaceful emergence of a democratic state, one with remarkable political stability and even a reputation as a trailblazer for the national rights and protections of minority groups.

Omar G. Encarnación examines the factors in Spanish political history that made the Pact of Forgetting possible, tracing the challenges and consequences of sustaining the agreement until its dramatic reversal with the 2007 Law of Historical Memory. The combined forces of a collective will to avoid revisiting the traumas of a difficult and painful past and the reliance on the reformed political institutions of the old regime to anchor the democratic transition created a climate conducive to forgetting. At the same time, the political movement to forget encouraged the embrace of a new national identity as a modern and democratic European state. Demonstrating the surprising compatibility of forgetting and democracy, Democratization Without Justice in Spain offers a crucial counterexample to the transitional justice movement. The refusal to confront and redress the past did not inhibit the rise of a successful democracy in Spain; on the contrary, by leaving the past behind, Spain chose not to repeat it.

Reseña del libro (inglés)

La Ley de Memoria

En los últimos días, ha habido varias noticias sobre el incumplimiento de la Ley de Memoria Histórica (LMH) y los intentos recientes para arreglar esta situación.

El TSJ tramita una denuncia contra Rita Barberá por los símbolos franquistas (hoy, en El País)

Colau prohíbe la misa en el castillo de Montjuïc por los sublevados de 1936 (16.7.15, en El País)


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