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The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain Hardcover – April 16, 2012
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Each well-laid, impeccably researched sentence of The Spanish Holocaust, Paul Preston's latest book on the Spanish Civil War, stands as a reminder of how Spain's Fascist past remains an unassimilable muddle; the story is so bloody and horrifying that it's easy, on one level, to grasp why today's Spaniards would just as soon relegate it all to a vague memorial blur. — Jonathan Blitzer
Paul Preston 's The Spanish Holocaust, is the most illuminating study I have seen of the complex, modern conflict that observers of Spain today still find difficult to understand. Anyone wanting to know modern Spain will read with great interest, this brilliant, well-informed analysis. --John Brademas, author of "Anarcosindicalismo y revoluci n en Espa a, 1930-37"
Paul Preston's The Spanish Holocaust, is the most illuminating study I have seen of the complex, modern conflict that observers of Spain today still find difficult to understand. Anyone wanting to know modern Spain will read with great interest, this brilliant, well-informed analysis. --John Brademas, author of "Anarcosindicalismo y revolucion en Espana, 1930-37"
Paul Preston s The Spanish Holocaust, is the most illuminating study I have seen of the complex, modern conflict that observers of Spain today still find difficult to understand. Anyone wanting to know modern Spain will read with great interest, this brilliant, well-informed analysis. --John Brademas, author of Anarcosindicalismo y revolucion en Espana, 1930-37"
Magisterial account... it is bound to be an essential reference for anything written on the subject for years to come. --Adam Hochschild"
A harrowing and moving account of the immense terror and enormous atrocities, especially perpetrated by General Franco's followers, during and after the Spanish Civil War, meticulously researched and superbly written by an outstanding historian. --Ian Kershaw"
Paul Preston is the outstanding scholar of Spain's Civil War, and The Spanish Holocaust, is unquestionably his opus magnus. For the first time, the horror of the Spanish conflict has been placed in its appropriate historical context. As documented by Preston in this moving, brilliantly rendered account, Spain was not only the scene-setter for World War Two, but also the proving ground for the campaigns of mass-murder that became its ghastly hallmark. A deeply important, powerful work of history. --Jon Lee Anderson"
What Preston knows about the years of civil war, 1936-1939, is astounding Preston s work is a powerful intervention in a Spanish discussion. It s significance transcends the events it brings to light, and suggests some basic re-evaluations of recent European history. --Thomas Snyder"
Fascinating... Unflinchingly, Preston sifts through the pillage, torture, and mass executions of this bleak chapter in Spanish history. "
Monumental study... [The Spanish Holocaust] directly links Spain s Nationalists to the Nazi regime, stressing that Franco s reign of terror, like that of Hitler and Goebbels, was carefully planned and systematically executed.... The Spanish Holocaust draws on Preston s vast research, as well as scores of recent historical studies, to establish the most accurate possible estimates of numbers of Spanish victims statistics that, ever since the outbreak of the war, have been notoriously subject to manipulation and distortion.... [Preston] has produced an indispensable, important book. --Sebastiaan Faber"
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To refresh and reveal to the annals of history these overlooked and/or submerged murders, Paul Preston has assembled this prodigious record of Francoist regime crimes. The catalogue is so extensive it's oftentimes overwhelming. The utterly gratuitous and generally vengeful murders, usually conducted by feudal landlords and their mercenary minions, adds another revolting dimension to the crimes. Yet, Franco and his fascist paladins reveled in the carnage. True enough that Francoist Spain eventually became a minor pariah on the international scene, yet justice was never administered by the UN or other nations, even including those of the Warsaw Pact.
Because of the encylopedic nature of this history, it's sometimes difficult reading. The book strives for (and succeeds) status as an academic reference. Nonetheless, even a cursory reading is useful, especially as context for the Civil War: Franco's African Army pioneered the methods used domestically overseas, a fact well known to his opponents at the time of his rebellion. Plus, the Nazi and Italian Fascist regimes were able to refine many military techniques (e.g., terror bombing) used to great avail during WW-2 during this conflict.
In the final analysis, the fact that a book like this one is needed is testimony to the fact that, as Dostoevsky once wrote in "The House of the Dead", "Man is a creature that can get used to anything and I think that is the best definition of him". It seems that forgetting is a convenient means of accomplishing that end and Preston's book is a good corrective for those who are determined to remember.
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