Objects of Remembrance in Spain

In the 1930’s Spain was experiencing a civil war the result of which was the victory and subsequent repressive dictatorship of Francisco Franco, lasting from 1939 to 1975. My time spent in Cádiz, Spain last summer made it clear that, though Franco had died, there were some lingering wounds and memories that some people did not want to think about anymore. Last Fall Professor Cate-Arries taught a seminar on Franco’s Ghosts, wherein we studied the expressions of power and resistance left behind by both the regime and the victims, as well as the current efforts to recover memory of the period. One way to recovery memory is through objects—objects that belonged to victims, objects from the period, objects from specific events, and many more that aid and symbolize remembrance for survivors.

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