Digging up Franco-era truths in Andalucia





On the left hand side of Cazalla cemetery the graves are arranged neatly in a wall, Spanish style.

But across the path from the engraved headstones and flower arrangements, a very different kind of grave has been discovered. The vast pit now being excavated is a burial site from Spain's civil war.

In August 1936, dozens of Republican supporters - and anyone suspected of it - were shot and flung there.

Now uncovered, their bones lie sprawled as they landed: an arm above a head, a skull face down, the soles of shoes still eerily intact on skeletons.

It is 10 years since relatives of Spain's "disappeared" uncovered the first mass burial site from the war, and broke an unwritten pact of silence over the past.

More than 150 Republican graves have been found since then - in ditches, down wells or at the edge of cemeteries. But it is just a fraction of the total....



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