The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

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The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

The Spanish Holocaust Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth Century Spain The remains of General Francisco Franco lie in an immense mausoleum near Madrid built with the blood and sweat of twenty thousand slave laborers His enemies however met less exalted fates Besides t

  • Title: The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain
  • Author: Paul Preston
  • ISBN: 9780393064766
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The remains of General Francisco Franco lie in an immense mausoleum near Madrid, built with the blood and sweat of twenty thousand slave laborers His enemies, however, met less exalted fates Besides those killed on the battlefield, tens of thousands were officially executed between 1936 and 1945, and as many again became non persons As Spain finally reclaims its histoThe remains of General Francisco Franco lie in an immense mausoleum near Madrid, built with the blood and sweat of twenty thousand slave laborers His enemies, however, met less exalted fates Besides those killed on the battlefield, tens of thousands were officially executed between 1936 and 1945, and as many again became non persons As Spain finally reclaims its historical memory, a full picture can now be given of the Spanish Holocaust ranging from judicial murders to the abuse of women and children The story of the victims of Franco s reign of terror is framed by the activities of four key men General Mola, Quiepo de Llano, Major Vallejo Najera, and Captain Don Gonzalo Aguilera whose dogma of eugenics, terrorization, domination, and mind control horrifyingly mirror the fascism of Italy and Germany.Evoking such classics as Gulag and The Great Terror, The Spanish Holocaust sheds crucial light on one of the darkest and most unexamined eras of modern European history.

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    1. Hadrian on said:

      The term 'holocaust' is one contentious, reserved solely now for the gravest of atrocities (with hyperbole notwithstanding). Although on a slightly smaller scale, Preston makes the assertion that the killings of the Spanish Civil War, and later the Franco regime, are systemic and deliberate in nature, comparable to Hitler or Stalin.Spain, currently struggling with economic woes, still has some of the remnants and nightmares of the last Fascist regime in Europe. Only in the last ten years have st [...]

    2. Iñaki Tofiño on said:

      Miedo de la clase obrera a perder lo poco que se había conseguido durante la República; terror de la burguesía y los terratenientes ante la posibilidad de vivir en una sociedad más igualitaria y tener que compartir parte de su riqueza; pánico de todos ante los juicios sumarísimos, las torturas, las violaciones Miedo, terror y pánico, eso refleja el libro de Preston y eso vivió la sociedad española, lo que la convirtió en un verdadero infierno desde mediados de los 30 hasta los años 80 [...]

    3. Natxo Cruz on said:

      Magnífic assaig sobre el genocidi i la barbàrie perpetrada sobre tot pel bàndol rebel de la guerra civil (els que la història dels vencedors anomenava "nacionals"). L'autor fa una distinció molt clara entre l'abast, la motivació i l'origen de les matances d'ambdós bàndols. Els rebels tenien el genocidi planificat des de molt abans del "levantamiento" i el van executar d'una forma que recorda els pitjors holocausts de la història moderna (Alemanya, els Balcans, Àfrica), sota els auspici [...]

    4. Andrew on said:

      The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain, by Paul Preston, is a blow by blow account of the atrocities commuted by both rebel and Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War in the mid-1930's. The book starts off chronicling early unrest pre-Civil War, where fascist/monarchist elements on one hand, and anarcho-communists on the other, assassinated journalists, politicians and others that were opposed to their cause. Fascist elements in the Spanish Army a [...]

    5. Kevin Tole on said:

      I'm afraid I gave up on this. The reason? Its just the writing style. It is so dense and hard to get around and get a good bite at it. And believe me I really wanted to read this book. Having read 'Blood of Spain' and Beevor's book on the Spanish Civil War I felt ready for this. But its just not written in a reader friendly way. Its just one after one after one incident - its 120 pages till you get up to the coup. I thought the style might change after that but it doesn't - if anything it gets e [...]

    6. Wanda on said:

      The author of this 700+ page history of the Spanish civil war is the foremost scholar of Spanish history in the U.K. This book is not easy reading, in more than one sense. First, the writing is dense and chapters go on and on forever in unrelieved narrative for 40-50 pages. My eyes simply got tired reading more than 15 pages in a sitting. The editors at Harper should have advised him to make his text a bit more readable. Second, the book presumes that the reader knows as much about Spanish histo [...]

    7. Eduardo Hinton on said:

      For my entire life I've been hearing so many things about the Civil War in my country, until I reached a point where people of extremely opposite social positions were saying the same stupidities.Then I realised I had to find out myself what really happened not only in the years 1936-1939, but also during the 40 years later and what means to Spain right today.I started with Hugh Thomas's Civil War, watched "Memòria i Oblit d'Una Guerra" (series of documentaries focused on the place I live: Mall [...]

    8. David on said:

      Incredibly depressing tale of the brutality of the Spanish Civil War. Worth reading for a reminder of 'man's inhumanity to man'as well as the tragedy of those courageous enough to stand up to blind class hatred and warped beliefs.

    9. Petter Nordal on said:

      Si tiene algúna pregunta sobre la violencia durante la guerra civil, es el libro que te puede satisfacer. Es bastante pesado, duro, leerlo, con 678 paginas, pero vale la pena para saber la verdad. Y la verdad de la guerra es horrorifico. Si, habia violencia por todos lados, pero al fin y al fondo, los facistas fueron los peores, alcanzando hasta 7 asasinatos para cada uno de los asesinatos del lado opuesto (varios lados entre si: Republicanos burgeses, democratas, comunistas independientes, com [...]

    10. Pep Bonet on said:

      A terrible reading, but one which is due for any decent Spaniard. Preston tells with a lot of precision and a readable style all the atrocities committed during and after the civil war. The distinction between the killings in the loyalist or Republican zone and the systematic war of extermination on the rebel, Fascist side is crystal clear. Difficult to read for any sensitive person, but a well needed exercise not to ever forget the atrocities planned and carried out by a confederacy of landowne [...]

    11. Moira on said:

      This is an extremely painful book to read. However, it is a book that needs to be read in order to understand the scale of the cruelty that occurred during the war and for many years after. It is a chilling read for anyone who has ever been a member of a trade union, a freethinker, a democrat or married to one. It helps explain the years of silence and indeed the fragility of democracy in the post Franco era. It will leave a mark on you as I am sure the recording and the writing of it must have [...]

    12. Clinton Sweet on said:

      Looong read, very detailed. I was hoping to understand the Spanish Civil War at a high level from reading this. But found most of it written on the assumption the reader would already know it. Regardless, it definitely left me with the understanding the period was a terrible time to be alive for any person on any side of the many fences in Spain. And it now makes so much sense why Spain wasn't in WWII as they were clearly picking up the pieces post this mess

    13. Jake on said:

      "If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: 'To fight against Fascism,' and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: 'Common decency." ~ George OrwellI've read one other book on the Spanish Civil War, aptly named Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas. I found that book to be heavily favoured toward the centrist point of view, almost to a fault. Paul Preston seems to be very clearly anti-fascist but I couldn't read where his perspective was out [...]

    14. Julie Thomason on said:

      As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it; I lived in Spain for over 20 years. I knew it was going to be a harrowing read; it was distressing and horrific in places. At times you were reading a list of assassinations and atrocities making it difficult to follow. Perhaps a list of important people on both sides at the beginning could have made it easier to refer back too. Man’s inhumanity to man is a terrible indictment on the human race; especially when done in the name of a peace an [...]

    15. Chris on said:

      An unremittingly brutal no holds barred account of atrocities of this dark and morbidly compelling conflict. In truth it is remarkable that Spain is the country it is today in spite of all this.Prestons account as many others have said is very detailed , painstakingly researched and referenced one of the side effects of this however is that is on occasion somewhat turgid as a result. In spite of this I could not stop till I got to the end. Although the narrative is to a degree sacrificed for acc [...]

    16. Pedro Molina on said:

      A very harrowing account of the violence and repression endured by the civilian population before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. Rich in detail and extraordinarily well documented, this book is surely one of the most important reports on the topic. It challenges a widely held perception in Spain, that there was an equal amount of murderous intent in the actions of both sides during the war, with hard facts and numbers. Fabulous, yet sometimes difficult, read.

    17. Bruno de Maremma on said:

      A very long list of the atrocities committed by the rebel forces under Franco and to a much lesser extent by the Republican State that the rebels eventually overthrew. Very damning account of the almost unbelievable brutality used to inspire terror in the civilian populace and later to cleanse the country of republican sympathizers.

    18. Jason Walker on said:

      A lot of the world thinks of Hitler as the greatest murderer in the 20th Century. Take nothing away from the Holocaust but the Spanish Civil War and the purges by Stalin may surpass. If you like history this is a good book.

    19. Maureen on said:

      A marvellous book despite a certain pattern of repetition but Preston seems to want to get all the evidence down on paper to underline his contention that there was a Spanish holocaust. It´s hard to argue with him.

    20. Carlos Storm on said:

      Libro muy asequible sobre la guerra civil española. Lo recomiendo si se quiere conocer esta parte tan interesante y trágica sobre este periodo de la historia de España, si se está buscando una libro no muy extenso y relativamente fácil de "seguir".

    21. Kerry Postle on said:

      I'm researching the Spanish Civil War for my next novel and this book has been invaluable to me. Fascinating and balanced, it's provided me with an insightful introduction into this most divisive of wars.

    22. Peter on said:

      First let me address the title of this book “The Spanish Holocaust”, the use of this word was in my opinion a mistake on the part of the author, no matter how hard he tried to justify its use in the prologue, me thinks he tried to hard, or as the case may be not hard enough in finding a suitable title for his word. The use of the word “Holocaust” evokes a whole different dimension to the terror, violence and ultimate death perpetrated on the Jewish race, its use has become to common plac [...]

    23. Chuck on said:

      This is one of those books that angers the reader because of the injustices perpetrated during the Spanish Civil War, some by both sides, but primarily by those allied with Franco. Also, the role of the Catholic church is pretty shocking. One would expect good Christians to oppose cruel treatment of anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. When priests not only advocate the execution of the opposition but actually do the executing one has to wonder, if there is an afterlife, where those pr [...]

    24. Victor on said:

      An impressive sleuth Paul Presto, considering the magnitude of information he has had to plough through to write this cascading liturgy of man’s inhumanity to man. It is copious and clear for any lay person to follow the well documented atrocities by both sides with their micro sub-divisions loose within them.It could have used a time line of which group did what, to run along side the narrative for me personally.The overall clarity that emanates from this catalogue of appalling cruelty meted [...]

    25. José Ramón on said:

      Es un gran libro de historia, para iniciados y no iniciados.El libro es muy bueno, por no decir excelente. Sinceramente me ha encantado, aunque me ha llevado tiempo leerlo.Una de las cosas que más me gusto, es que considero al autor bastante imparcial, aunque si bien se nota quienes son las fuerzas legitimas y las que intentan imponer por la fuerza una dictadura militar. Hay que ser imparcial, pero no ser un ciego.Debo reconocer que es una gran síntesis de los acontecimientos dentro de una gra [...]

    26. Bruce Reiter on said:

      The book is almost everything that I hoped it would be. It is not a rehash of the Spanish Civil War but a look at the repressions both sides took against their unprotected adversaries. The original desaparecidos came in all sizes and shapes of the political spectrum. The roots of the terrorism employed by the military stemmed from the Africanista makeup of the principals and their plan to create a new political order in Spain. The reprisals by the Republicans against the military, the latifundis [...]

    27. Angelo on said:

      I decided to read this book, in part, because of the review in The Guardian. However, it wasn’t what I expected. I wanted a chronicle of the rise of fascism in Spain, one that detailed the impact on the Spanish people, but that also focused on the broader regional and geopolitical background and influences. While I now have somewhat of an understanding of the detailed brutality of specific individuals, the book lacked sufficient context for me. This was clearly a meticulously researched book, [...]

    28. John Rennie on said:

      This book is really important in trying to come to terms with the Spanish Civil War but it is painful to read. I have always thought that that war was a tragic defeat for the forces of progress and civilisation but this book makes that defeat seem even more depressing as it uncovers the true brutality of the opposing factions. Before the war, traditional forces of conservatism in Spain were implacable in their determination to crush any glimpses of progress so they forced the left into even more [...]

    29. R.M.F Brown on said:

      A fine work of scholarship, but not a book for the laymanIf you're looking for a general, all-purpose introduction to the Spanish Civil War, this book is not for you. Dense, meticulously researched, and a compelling narrative, The Spanish holocaust is historical scholarship at its best. However, its strengths are also a glaring weakness. Other reviews have complained of a narrative that chimes with my own perceptions. For example, Preston goes into great detail about the atrocities visited upon [...]

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