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General Franco’s authoritarian dictatorship lasted for almost forty years. When he died in 1975, political parties of both the left and the right agreed to draw a line under the past for the sake of Spain’s peaceful transition to democracy. So why now, over 30 years later, is Spain breaking its self-imposed silence about its past?

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General Franco’s authoritarian dictatorship lasted for almost forty years. When he died in 1975, political parties of both the left and the right agreed to draw a line under the past for the sake of Spain’s peaceful transition to democracy. So why now, over 30 years later, is Spain breaking its self-imposed silence about its past?

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    Digging up Spain's dead

    Digging up Spain's dead

    During Franco's dictatorship, many people who tried to stand against him were murdered and buried in unmarked graves. Over 30 years after his death in 1975, Spain is breaking its self-imposed silence - and we hear from three people, whose families were devasted when loved ones were killed by the Franco regime, as they try to find their relatives' remains.

    • 4 min
    Transcript -- Digging up Spain's dead

    Transcript -- Digging up Spain's dead

    During Franco's dictatorship, many people who tried to stand against him were murdered and buried in unmarked graves. Over 30 years after his death in 1975, Spain is breaking its self-imposed silence - and we hear from three people, whose families were devasted when loved ones were killed by the Franco regime, as they try to find their relatives' remains.

    Perspective: Digging up Spain's dead

    Perspective: Digging up Spain's dead

    For decades, silence has surrounded the civil war and General Franco's dictatorship - but now Spain is starting to confront its past. Dr Georgina Blakeley is joined by Professor Paul Preston and Emilio Silva to explore the reasons for this silence and why it’s taken so long to break.

    • 9 min
    Transcript -- Perspective: Digging up Spain's dead

    Transcript -- Perspective: Digging up Spain's dead

    For decades, silence has surrounded the civil war and General Franco's dictatorship - but now Spain is starting to confront its past. Dr Georgina Blakeley is joined by Professor Paul Preston and Emilio Silva to explore the reasons for this silence and why it’s taken so long to break.

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