4/16/2012

Memory to recuperate

Son Coletes is the name of cementery of Manacor.
There is a grave, a pit, where a lot of people who were murdered by fascists in the 1936 are still laying.
My husband's grandfather is there.
When my mother in law was 3 years old, her father (father of 6) was murdered on Son Coletes with lots others....their bodies  have been piled up in a grave, all together and there is no law in Spain yet which allows to open graves all over the country, to investigate, to find relatives, to make a dignified funeral and to take off the fascist judgements.

During a lot of time speaking about Civil war was a taboo.
Now, grandsons and granddaughters want to know why and how their grandmothers and grandfathers were killed, they whant to know the story their parents were silent about during all this time...
They don't afraid anymore like their parents did... 
Few years ago Associasion for recuperation of historical memory was created here on Mallorca island and similar organizations all over the Spanish state. Thousands of testimonials have been recollected, thousands of stories have been written in books...
But a big part of Spanish society is not ready to condemn fascist Franco's dictature yet... 
They say: These are things of the past, let's forget about it! Don't speak more about it!

I really think this discuss is dangerous. Is like to say: Let's forget about what Hitler did!

The memory, they need, we, as a global community, need to recuperate,.. knowing our past can try to make our present, our future better.
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6 comments:

  1. A very moving post, my friend.
    I agree, let us NEVER forget.
    Remembering is part of the healing process.
    x

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  2. It's good that there is a movement of people who will not forget. Remembering the past is so important to know what we don't want and what we want for our future. It is knowledge which can prevent us from doing the same faults again and again.

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  3. Dear Anastasia, it's important to remember! Thank you for sharing the story of your family-in-law. It's very sad all that happened. The pictures of this remembrance are beautiful.

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