I took this picture yesterday while visiting a fantastic exhibition on the 50 years of the “European adventure”:
“General Franco organised a coup d’état against the legally-elected republican government (July 1936). With the help of the Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, he won the civil war (March 1939) at the cost of 400,000 lives and a savage repression.” [Free translation: “El General Franco organizó un golpe de estado contra el gobierno republicano legalmente elegido (julio de 1936). Con la ayuda de la Alemania Nazi y la Italia Fascista, ganó la guerra civil (marzo de 1939) con un coste de 400,000 vidas y una represión salvaje”.]
I’m really impressed by the ignorance (or evil) some people still show in Spain regarding Franco’s dictatorship. The most offensive example I recall is Jaime Mayor Oreja’s recent statement in the newspaper La Voz de Galicia: “Era una situación de extraordinaria placidez” (Free translation: “It was an exceptional calmness state”). It’s absolutely shocking to see how an MEP and former Minister of Spain can be that irresponsible promoting such a wrong vision.
For this reason it is specially comforting to check that outside our borders Europeans have a clear vision about Franco. During the exhibition you can sadly see how Spain arrived late to every international effort carried out in the last fifty years; it is doubtless the biggest disaster in the recent history of my country.