“Las Presas de Franco”

May 12, 2009

The “Presas de Franco” exhibition was held at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid from March 4 to May 9, 2009. For more information click here.

Franco’s Female Prisoners

March 10, 2009


    Today at the Centro de Conde Duque, we saw an exhibition detailing the lives of the female political prisoner being held during the war and under Franco´s regime. In April of 1931, Victoria Kent became the director of prisons of the 2nd Republic. She assumed this position with the goal to humanize these prisons. In one of the `prisons, Ventas, there were fewer female prisoners, however the conditions on the women’s quarters were worse than those of the men. Witnesses reported that the women prisoners were extremely stern, strong figures out of Garcia Lorca poems, who were incarcerated due to their resistance to respond to accusations about who and what they may or may not have even been hiding in their homes. This Ventas prison was destroyed in the 1970s nothing exists today as a testimony to its existence. It was this prison where the ¨Trece Rosas Rojas¨ whose memorial we saw at the Almudena Cemetery) were held and later executed. Read the rest of this entry »