Salamanca war papers to return after 66 years

19th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 January 2006, SALAMANCA — Thousands of documents from the Salamanca Civil War Archive started their journey back to Catalonia 66 years after they were seized.

19 January 2006

SALAMANCA — Thousands of documents from the Salamanca Civil War Archive started their journey back to Catalonia 66 years after they were seized.

The papers were taken from Barcelona at the end of the civil war in 1939 when General Francisco Franco's forces overcame the Republican government, then based in the Catalan capital.

After Franco's death in 1975, there have been repeated attempts to have the papers returned.

They relate to police reports on Republican sympathisers, anti-Fascist groups and official government documents.

The government has ordered their return to Barcelona, despite legal challenges from the regional government of Castilla y Leon, whose capital is Salamanca.

The row has been a long-running struggle between the right and the left, which has seen stormy demonstrations at the archive.

The Salamanca city council on Thursday launched another appeal to stop the papers being taken to Barcelona.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news 
 

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