Remembering Guernica

Guernica by Pablo Picasso

28 April 1937: Franco sends for German bombers to flatten Basque town of Guernica

In less than four hours several hundred civilians are killed. Most buildings lay in ruins and are still burning

Somewhat related material from Bold, Beautiful, Blooming Barcelona asks: What would it mean to win?

“Rosa de Foc” is Catalan for “rose of fire”, which was what Barcelona was called during Spain’s civil war 1936-39, when it was the heart of resistance against the fascist coup led by Franco, as well as being, for a short while perhaps the best example of an anarchist revolution in action, until its bloody end in the “civil war within the civil war”, when Stalin’s communist forces quelled the revolution, George Orwell wrote much about these tragic events in his acclaimed novel Homage to Cataloniawhich he later portrayed in his later more famous book, “Animal Farm”- His story was the loose basis for the excellent film Tierra y Libertad / land and freedom byKen Loach


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