War of extermination, uncivil peace

Review: The Spanish Holocaust. Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, by Paul Preston Harper Press, pp. 700 The traumas, wars and dictatorships of the past tend to cause conflicts between different memories, both individual and collective, different ways of perceiving history. Although many Spaniards think that having divided, opposing memories only applies to them, this rift has occurred, and is still present, in every country that suffered criminal political regimes, such as Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, the military dictatorships of the Southern Cone and Franco’s Spain. In all these cases, the past refuses to be forgotten. And historical memory, far from […]