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SPAIN: The Republican Checa



Paul Preston comments: "The idea that Negrín bilked the Republic is as offensive as it is frivolous. For a detailed account of how the money was spent or deducted by the Russians, check Gerald Howson s definitive account Arms for Spain". Christopher Jones comments: "Coming hot on the heels of Pío Moa's book, Los Mitos de La Guerra Civil, respected historian César Vidal 's Checas de Madrid, las Cárceles Republicanas al Descubierto (Editorial Belacqua de Ediciones) has risen to the number two spot on the Spanish bestseller list (nonfiction), knocking Pilar Urbano's bizarre book, Jefe Atta down several notches. It may seem offensive for some to have their pet idols shattered, but Vidal's book deals with the sovietization of the Spanish republic and its reliance on terror methods, in particular after 1936, based on the Soviet Checa secret police. Vidal has recieved a doctorate in ancient history, philosophy and theology, and his last book received the prestigious "Premio de las Luces" award. It dealt with one of the most intriguing figures in the history of the United States: Abraham Lincoln. I don't htink it was frivolity that motivated Prof. Vidal to write the story of the Spanish republican Checa". Here is an abstratc of the book:

Historia de la labor de represión ejecutada por las autodenominadas fuerzas progresistas durante la República española, con el respaldo directo de los aparatos del Estado y el apoyo o silencio de los que habían sido erigidos en referentes morales de la sociedad. A la vez, es el testimonio crudo de un proceso revolucionario que se inició a finales del siglo XIX y que, derrotado en 1917 y 1934, alcanzó sus mayores victorias en 1931 y 1936, cuyo triunfo incluía, por definición, la práctica del exterminio de segmentos enteros de la sociedad.
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Ronald Hilton - 8/9/03


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