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Télérama - France | 13/06/2007

Emilio Silva on the Franco regime

On Friday, June 15th, Spain will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first democratic elections in the post-Franco era. Interviewed by Gilles Heuré, Emilio Silva, a sociologist and Spanish journalist, founder of the Association for the recuperation of historical memory (ARMH), considers that work on memory is not yet over. "The socialist government, the first to have really made things evolve, is still too timid, and the responsability of Franco's state in the massacres has yet to be solemnly and officially established. The right, however, has an absolutely cynical attitude to the memory of the civil war. On the one hand, it says that old wounds shouldn't be opened up while on the other it pays an emotional tribute to Franco's soldiers who fought in the Azul division, side by side with Nazis on the Eastern front. ... It is essential for Spain to shed light on the dictatorship and evaluate the scope of the trauma. This is vital for our democracy, because nothing has been soothed or healed yet. To think that the right still refers to the left as the 'reds' !"

La Libre Belgique - Belgium | 12/01/2006

The work of historical memory

Emilio Silva, the co-author of the book 'The mass graves of Francoism', explains why Spain has more work to do in examining its history. "As with any work of historical memory, things tend to skip a generation. It is never the children who do the job, but often the grandchildren. Moreover, among dictatorships, the Franco regime is the one that endured the longest. Nazism lasted less than 20 years; Italian fascism survived a little more than 20 years; Francoism, 40 years. He put in place a set of structures that ensured that the work of historical memory was longer getting underway than it should have been. For 40 years, the entire educational system was based on forcing people to forget."

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