Monday, July 30, 2007

Theres a Valley in Spain.....

I have always had the greatest of admiration for the men and women who undertook to fight fascism in Spain between 1936 and 1939, and many of you will know that a guerilla war continued long after Franco's fascism took power, as featured in the wonderful film "Pan's Labyrinth".

One webpage I like very much is this one which features some great photo's from the battlefield of Jarama, quite near Madrid....Salud!

http://www.comms.dcu.ie/sheehanh/photos/jarama.htm

9 comments:

Suburban Marxist said...

Very evocative...nice. Disgraceful that the Fascists should defile the graves but not surprising I suppose.

Good luck with the Blog!

:-)

bobw said...

Gabriel -- you strike a very compassionate tone in your early comments, and this post in particular is very moving. If the US $ ever regains some of its value, I hope to get back to Spain and visit this place myself.

Good luck with the blog.

Anonymous said...

It appears the Fascists were in the right after all. They were brutal, of course, but so were the communists (= the republicans). A communist Spain would surely be a disaster, like East Germany, Bulgaria and North Korea. Franco's Spain wasn't that awful, and the current regime is admirable. Spain looks better than any post communist country.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Anyone, however anonymous, who thinks for a moment that Franco improved Spain, well ... heaven help us. Comparisons with the DDR, North Korea or any other hell hole indicate a weak grasp of reality and ideology. Keep taking the tablets if you can't read the books.

Meanwhile, I need anyone help me track down the origins of:

1. Viva la Quince Brigada, which I am proposing as a Pete Seeger construct on an original theme. See my posting at http://redfellow.blogspot.com/2007/09/long-live-fifteenth-brigade-its-great.html

2. Another revolutionary song, La Bandana Rossa, used by the Italian Brigaders.

La lutte continue.

Bottom Dog said...

there were Kerry men on the International Brigades. Worth listing them as well.

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