Guernica: 70 years after Nazi bombing

27th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2007, Guernica, Spain (dpa) - The northern Spanish town of Guernica marked the 70th anniversary of its bombing by Nazi Germany, which inspired Pablo Picasso's monumental anti-war painting Guernica (1937). Delegations from European and Japanese cities, which were bombed during World War II, attended the celebrations at which Basque regional Prime Minister Juan Jose Ibarretxe opened an exhibition on the bombardment of Guernica. Ibarretxe also read a manifesto in Spanish and Basque, calling for an en

27 April 2007

Guernica, Spain (dpa) - The northern Spanish town of Guernica marked the 70th anniversary of its bombing by Nazi Germany, which inspired Pablo Picasso's monumental anti-war painting Guernica (1937).

Delegations from European and Japanese cities, which were bombed during World War II, attended the celebrations at which Basque regional Prime Minister Juan Jose Ibarretxe opened an exhibition on the bombardment of Guernica.

Ibarretxe also read a manifesto in Spanish and Basque, calling for an end to around 30 wars still going on in the world.

Speakers urged the Spanish government to continue attempts to talk to the armed Basque separatist group ETA despite the failure of a six-month incipient peace process in the end of 2006.

Adolf Hitler's Condor Legion bombed Guernica on April 26, 1937 in support of General Francisco Franco during Spain's 1936-39 Civil War. After winning the war, Franco governed Spain as a dictator until his death in 1975.

Guernica is regarded as the first European town where the civilian population was bombarded systematically in a form of modern warfare. About 80 per cent of the buildings were destroyed and up to 1,500 people killed.

Germany has apologized for the attack on Guernica. The Basque regional government has also requested an official apology from the Spanish government.

DPA

Subject: German news

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