Emilio Silva, president of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory has dedicated the past 18 years to helping families recover the bodies of their loved ones lost during the Spanish Civil War. His mission is personal: Silva found the body of his own grandfather in 2000. 

“The personal is also political,” he said. “It is incomprehensible that a democratic state makes the victims of a dictatorship pay for the tomb of a dictator with their taxes.”

“I think it should be a museum that tells the stories of those who built it.”

Franco’s continued grip on Spanish culture

‘Two or more generations of Spaniards were brought up to believe that Franco was a providential figure who had saved the nation’

At the recreation of Sánchez-Albornoz’s graffiti this week, student Carmen Romero, 23, said when she told her grandmother she wanted to study Political Science, she replied “no, it’s dangerous”. Growing up under Franco, her grandmother had learned to fear anything ‘political’.  

This is the lasting legacy of Franco, who despite being dead over 40 years, still holds a grip over certain areas of Spanish politics and culture. But Mr. Sánchez-Albornoz cites feminism and gay marriage as two examples of how Spanish society has transformed since the dictatorship.  

“There is hope in Spanish society. Now that has to be translated into the political sphere,” she said.

SOURCE: Inews.co.uk