Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales

May 12, 2009

The Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, within the auspices of Spain´s Ministry of Culture, organizes cultural exhibitions and events to commemorate a vast spectrum of Spanish cultural topics, including those related to the II Republic, the Spanish Civil War, 1939 exile, and the postwar period. For more information on the SECC and its exhibitions, or to contact the organization, visit their website here.


Asociación de Descendientes del Exilio – Related bibliography

May 11, 2009

Fabela, Isidro. Diplomáticos de Cárdenas. Madrid: Editorial Trama, 2007.

Martín Casas, Julio and Pedro Carvajal Urquijo. El exilio español (1936-1978). Barcelona: Editorial Planeta, 2002.

Mateos, Abdón. De la guerra civil al exilio. Los republicanos españoles y México: Indalecio Prieto y Lázaro Cardenas. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2005.

Quiñones, Javier. Sólo una larga espera: Cuentos del exilio republicano español. Palencia: Menos Cuarto, 2006.

Schwarzstein, Dora. Entre Franco y Perón: Memoria e identidad del exilio republicano español en Argentina. Barcelona: Editorial Crítica, 2001.


Current Research

May 11, 2009

Fernández, Álvarez and José Ignacio. Memoria y trauma en los testimonios de la represión franquista. Barcelona: Anthropos, 2007.

Gil Pecharroman, Julio. Con permiso de la autoridad: La España de Franco (1939-1975). Madrid: Temas de hoy, 2008.

La memoria de los olvidados: Un debate sobre el silencio de la represión franquista. Valladolid: Ambito, 2004.

Santos, Julia. Víctimas de la guerra civil. Madrid: Temas de hoy, 2004.

Sierra Blas, Verónica. Palabras huérfanas: Los niños exiliados en la guerra civil. Madrid: Taurus Editorial, 2009.


Witnesses to War and Exile – Current Research

May 11, 2009

Duarte, Ángel. El otoño de un ideal: Los valores del republicanismo español y su declive en el exilio de 1939. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2009.

Herrmann, Gina. “The Witness in the Classroom: Survivor Oral Histories of the Spanish Civil War.” Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War. Ed. Noel Valis. New York: MLA, 2007. 385-397.

Juan, Nana De. La generación del silencio. Barcelona: Debate, 2009.

Silvia Mistral, José. Exodo: Diario de una refugiada española. Barcelona: Icaria, 2009.


Witnesses to War and Exile – General Introduction

May 11, 2009

Finding a living witness to the Spanish Civil War in the 21st century is a rarity. Of those lucky enough to survive the war, many have succumbed to old age. However, surviving civil war witnesses are making themselves and their stories known, including civil war veteran Bibiano Morcillo García. Thanks to the climate in Spain today in which recuperating memory and history of the war is immensely popular, witnesses to war have opportunities to share their stories.

Many families were forced into exile as Franco began to situate himself as dictator and many children were born into exile. Many of these exiles and their children have returned to Spain since Franco’s death in 1975 and are taking part in the recuperation of memory, especially the Association of Descendants of Exile.


2009 Images

May 7, 2009
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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 »


Shannon More

May 3, 2009

ShannonShannon More is a junior Hispanic Studies and Neuroscience double major from Oldwick, NJ. In the summer of 2008, she conducted research in Cádiz, Spain, and she hopes to continue studying the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War next year. After college, she plans to attend nursing school and hopes to one day incorporate Spanish in her work in the nursing field.

Project proposal.

Final thoughts.


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


Nathan Hoback

April 26, 2009

profile-pic.jpgAt the time of this trip, Nathan Hoback was a junior and a Hispanic Studies major at the College of William and Mary.

Here is my original research proposal.

Here are my final thoughts from our trip in 2009.

Nathan Hoback developed the information he gathered during this trip to help his later production of his senior honors thesis, which is available here: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/2006