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Repression and Survival in Los Barrios (El Campo de Gibraltar – Spain)

THIS BOOK, WHICH COLLECTS IN DEPTH TESTIMONIES OF SEVERAL ELDERS FROM “LOS BARRIOS”, HAS JUST COME OUT.   Summer 1936. In villages recently occupied by Franco’s troops has just began a harsh crackdown on those who were committed with social change. During the following decades, hunger, disease, indiscriminate repression and intense fight against the anti-Franco guerrilla caused great suffering and resulted in countless broken and ruined families. Five people have participated in a workshop in Los Barrios (Cádiz – Spain) entitled “Reclaiming Our Memory”, coordinated by the book’s author, Beatriz Díaz.   Miguel Villatoro, Juan Montedeoca, Pepa Acosta, Juan Lobato and Nicolás Zamora -privileged observers of the country people’s hard life- were peasants, charcoal and cork workers, farmers or smugglers. The discussions and readings that took place in the intimacy of the group allowed memories to come out and to put order in them, to remember the loved ones, to understand and express their own pain and anger. Dates, places, events … Why the Republican’s son changed his cloths for the Falangist’s (Spanish fascist party) uniform? Should we talk names of perpetrators? The debates aroused in this workshop are examples of the social reality we live in Spain. When our word was silenced, they prevented us from assimilating this part of our history, and this is what their testimonies show, with lucidity and honest approach.

Foreword by historian José Luis Gutiérrez Molina. Includes methodological introduction, more than one hundred photographs, color maps, local lexicon and comprehensive onomastic index. 344 pages. Price 15 euros. 

  • Presentation on April the 16th, at 18.00 p.m at Los Barrios, in The Pósito building.
  • Purchase your distributor: (Editorial Treveris (00 34 656846386) and  DDT distributions (00 34 944700120).
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