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Lorca's assassination- Reliability of information

Christopher Jones continues the debate about the death of Lorca: "It seems that John Heelan wants to disenfranchize anybody who worked as a journalist in Spain during the 36 years of Francisco Franco's rule. For his information, Eduardo Molina Fajardo is still a very respected journalist in Granada -- with even a street named after him. He is best known for writing an excellent study of the Manuel de Falla and the cante jondo and yet another about the curious relationship between Granada's gypsies and the Moriscos, both hardly fascist themes. A simple Google search shows that Molina Fajardo's book is sought after by scholars around the globe and is amply used as reference by Daniel Eisenberg. John Heelan tries to stamp any journalist, author or witness who happened not to love the madhouse that was the Spanish second republic as "unworthy" and "non-scholarly", while he relies solely on one book, (the memoirs of Rosales.)

John Healey says: "This whole idea came from the local Mayor who approached them, not the other way around. These families, by the way, are all wonderful people and deserving of great respect. The Lorca heirs have been in touch with them and they have had a good cry together." You should not believe what the nephews are telling you. The action to uncover Lorca's remains had nothing at all to do with the mayor of Alfacar (who is a Socialist) but began many months before as an initiative by the Memoria Historica's Emilio Silva. I personally discussed the move with Silva in November last year. Memoria Historica wanted the discovery of Lorca's grave and remains to focus international attention on their civic movement.

Why? The entire effort is funded by its members and the government hasn't paid one penny to recover the remains of a single Spanish desaparecido (although Aznar is funding the retrieval of the remains of the soldiers of the Division Azul in Russia -- showing where his sympathies are.) The families of the victims in the grave where Lorca is supposed to be were located by the Andalusian chapter of Memoria Historica and not the mayor -- he had nothing at all to do with it. Finally I have spoken over the phone as late as 10 days ago with the relatives of Francisco Galadi, who until then had not received any word at all from the Lorca family nor were they in touch with the family of Galindo. Sorry, no tears.

Both Heelan and Healey are disturbed that I reported that General Franco wanted to give the poet a dignified burial. What on earth is wrong with that? Is it better to leave the body face down in the mud, filled with bullets?"

While I cannot take sides in this debate, It is an excellent example of "who owns history?". The key issue is the veracity of the various sources used. That there is an organization called "Historical Memory" shows that the passions aroused by the Spanish Civil War are still lively. We would like to know more about Memoria Historica,

Ronald Hilton - 10.27.03