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SPAIN: The death of Garcia Lorca

The argument over the political ideas and the death of Lorca continues with this reply from Christopher Jones: "John Heelan wanted some sources for some quotes and as usual, I am happy to forward what I have. I have to call John's attention to the importance of a little known book called "Los ultimos dias de Garcia Lorca" by the Granada journalist, Eduardo Molina Fajardo and published posthumously by his wife in 1983. I personally believe that only when his remains are recovered sometime over the next few weeks will the facts surrounding his death fall into place.

CJ: and if anything sympathetic to the fascist movimiento.
JH: There is little, if any, evidence to support this view

I don't agree. There is plenty of talk that Lorca was offered a high post in the Falange and wrote the lyrics to the Himno a los muertos de la Falange personally commissioned by Jose Antonio. "Federico era, quiz‡ el poeta mas admirado por Jose Antonio." and the Falangistas said that Lorca was with them -- Rafael Garcia Serrano cited by Gibson. When Lorca was killed some Falangistas dedicated a poem to him "La Espana imperial ha perido su mejor poeta."

CJ: He dined often with Jose Antonio,
JH: Christopher often claims this but never offers any evidence to substantiate it.

Eduardo Molina Fajardo cites Gabriel Celaya who said that he and Jose Antonio "cenaban junto cada viernes," this very statement was dismissed by Gibson as a joke in De Nueva York. Gibson come to some strange conclusions -- I'll stick with Molina Fajardo.

Finally Brasillach wrote a history of the civil war where these statements appear. They were quoted by Gibson in En busca de Jose Antonio.

I don't think Lorca was an ideological socialist or communist. He was probably as far left as the founder of the Falange -- in other words profoundly affected at a young age by the grinding poverty of the pueblo de Andalucia and yet captivated by its poetry. We have completely forgotten today how many leftists found a home in the revolutionary extreme right under the charismatic figure of Jose Antonio. This right is all but dead but some JoseAntonianos keep the flame alive!"

Ronald Hilton - 10.25.03