In the news

May 11, 2009

These are recent news events involving The Valley of the Fallen:

Communists Buried With Franco

This is an article discussing the controversy surrounding 10 victims of Franco’s repression that were shot and buried only later to be exhumed and moved to the mass grave in the Valley.

I Call it Cuelgamuros

An interview with a Republican prisoner of war (HIS NAME?) forced to work on the Valley. He shares his memories of being coerced to build the monument as well as his thoughts for what should be changed about it.

Families Ask for New Exhumations in the Valley of the Fallen

Two families petition the government to have their loved ones removed from the common grave at Franco’s side in the Valley.

Only 70 People in the Valley

This is an article about the first anniversary of Franco’s death after the Law of Historical Memory was enacted and the changes it brought to the observations.

Memory Recorded in the Valley of the Fallen

An article in “El Mundo” that deals with the Law of Historical Memory in the Valley, including a dissenting voice.

ICV Advises that the Government Convert the Valley

An article about re-inscribing memory of the victim’s of the dictatorship onto the Valley.

La Sexta and “Follonero’s” Visit to the Valley of the Fallen

This is an article about the recent television show (GIVE TITLE OF THE SHOW)that visited the Valley and the controversy it created with the Falangists.

The Civil Guard Impedes the Entrance to the Valley

This article is about the changes the Law of Historical Memory has brought to the Valley: The Civil Guard did not allow a group of people wearing Francoist symbols in to the Valley.

The Law of Historical Memory Prohibits Acts of Commemoration on November 20

Another effect of the Law of Historical Memory in the Valley of the Fallen.

Robert Capa and “The Mexican Suitcase”

May 5, 2009

Researchers have recently begun to analyze a remarkable photographic archive discovered in Mexico–long thought to be lost– containing over 3,500 negatives of shots taken by Spanish civil war photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Toro, and David Seymour. These photographs show conditions under which Republican soldiers, and also show the lives of those forced into exile from Spain, particularly in the French concentration camps.

The negatives have been gathered, organized, scanned, and will be featured at the New York International Center of Photography in an exhibition entitled “The Mexican Suitcase.” Click below for more information.

Official site for the exhibition:

Article from the online periodical El Pais:

Article from online magazine Slate:

Cynthia Young, Assistant Curator in charge of the Capa archive at the International Center of Photography, and Mexican-based filmmaker Trisha Ziff–currently making a documentary about the “Mexican suitcase”–introduced this project to a New York audience on May 1, 2009, at the “Documenting Displacement: Images of Spanish Civil War Refugees,” a symposium also featuring W&M´s Francie Cate-Arries´s project on the concentration camp photographs of painter Ione Robinson. Click here for the symposium program “Documenting Displacement. Images of Spanish Civil War Refugees”

70th Anniversary of Spanish Exile, 1939-2009

May 3, 2009

On May 6th and 7th, the Association of Descendants of Exile marked the 70th anniversary of Spanish exile by holding three events:

May 6th – 1. Testimonies of those Spaniards who defended liberty in Europe and suffered in Nazi concentration camps. (May 5th marks the 64th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Mauthausen). Read the rest of this entry »

The Dog Street Journal

May 3, 2009

The April 2009 edition of William and Mary’s monthly magazine, The Dog Street Journal, was themed, “Outside City Limits” and included various articles on students’ experiences outside of Colonial Williamsburg.  Our trip to Madrid was featured in an article entitled, “Spring Break Done Differently” (p. 6-7), in which four students were interviewed about their international spring break experiences.  In this article, team member Shannon More discusses our group’s week of travel in Madrid and what we accomplished on this research expedition.  The story can be viewed online here

Guernica in BBC News Magazine

April 26, 2009

_45641976_horse.gifThe BBC News Magazine recently released an in depth article on the meaning of Picasso’s Guernica . The article, published in the light of the recent unveiling of the Guernica tapestry at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, highlights the painting’s specific figures and Gijs van Hensbergen, a Picasso expert, provides explanations. Click here to read the article.

Guernica on Democracy Now

April 26, 2009

72 years ago today, the small basque town of Guernica was tragically bombed. Democracy Now, a radio program recently released this interview with a survivor of the bombing and an art museum director. According to Democracy Now, Boise, Idaho, where the speakers reside, has the highest concentration of Basque people in the United States. In addition to the survivor’s invaluable account of her experience, the interview includes a discussion on Picasso’s Guernica.Click here to see a video of the interview. 

Colonial Academic Alliance Conference

April 24, 2009


Shannon More speaks with a professor and a student at the CAA Conference about the organizations in Spain that are currently acting to recuperate memory.

On the weekend of April 4th-5th, 2009, Shannon More and Nathan Hoback, two members of the 2009 research team, traveled to Towson University in Maryland to participate in the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference, an annual undergraduate research conference. Shannon and Nathan prepared two posters for the event: “Mapping Memory in Madrid: A Route of Remembrance Through Historical Sites and Organizations” and “Mapping Memory in Madrid: Personal Testimonies of the Spanish Civil War.” The posters were on display during the poster sessions, in which students and faculty from various universities came to ask questions, share comments, and learn about the team’s research in Madrid.

Carabanchel–In the News

April 14, 2009

Carabanchel Prison on the Front Pages

Guernica In London

April 6, 2009

    In 1939, while Picasso’s Guernica was touring the world, in order to aide in the anti-fascist effort, it made a stop at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The admission to the exhibition was a pair of boots to send to the suffering Spanish Republicans (“The Bloomberg Commission). The exhibition was wildly successful and played a major role in giving Whitechapel a reputation as a gallery of prominence and political importance. The gallery has recently undergone a major renovation and it reopened yesterday, May 5, 2009, featuring an exhibition commemorating Guernica (Basciano). Read the rest of this entry »