Thursday, 27 August 2009

Another stolen generation

Another depressing tale of a generation of stolen children  — this time from Spain. Seventy years after the end of the civil war in 1939 in which more than 350,000 people were killed, the Spanish are gathering the courage to undo the agreement between General Franco’s friends and foes, which followed the dictator’s death in 1975, often dubbed the “pact of forgetting”, in which both sides agreed a mutually beneficial amnesty to paper over their divisions in order to move forward to a modern, democratic Spain.

Exhumations of the mass graves are taking place all over Spain as the old horror of the Civil War is exposed to the gaze of a new generation. And among the sad stories being told is how 30,000 children were forcibly removed from their parents, given to childless pro-Franco couples or put into institutions.

The BBC television program Newsnight, which went to air this week,tells the horrifying story of how many of these children were brainwashed and cruelly abused.

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