There are those who still think the war in 36 was a confrontation between Catalans and Spanish. Maybe it’s time to bury the myth of Spain against Catalonia or even that of fascism against Catalonia. When all’s said and done, el Tercio de Nuestra Señora de Montserrat [a Carlist regiment in Franco’s army that was devastated in the battle of Codo-Belchite, SE of Zaragoza, but subsequently played an important role in the battle of the Ebro] was full of Catalans. Franquista Catalans, but Catalans. And that’s not to forget the Catalans who either died at hands of the lawless [els incontrolats], the FAI [Federación Anarquista Ibérica] or the SIM [Servicio de Información Militar, the republic’s secret police], because there were also killings on the republican side.
Ignasi Riera, in a delightful book from the late 90s, has already reviewed Franco’s most illustrious Catalans, one of whom [Juan Antonio Samaranch], by the way, later became president of the International Olympic Committee and La Caixa [the Catalan regional savings bank] and contributed substantially to blocking the creation of a Catalan Olympic Committee. Despite this, [in April Rafel] Niubó [Catalan secretary of sport] wanted to name him “ambassador” for Catalan sport [Samaranch denied he’d been approached]. That’s the stuff.
(While we’re dealing with politically motivated censorship, there’s a report in this month’s Barcelona Business that the Opus Dei-owned Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (actually a vocational high school for those with more pence than sense) has sacked Rius from the staff of its journalism school for publishing an innocuous story about another local Catholic pay-per-pew institute, Abat Oliba.)
- El Barça, Franco’s favourite team?
There is no statistical evidence for claims that the Franco government worked for Real Madrid and against Barça.
- Franco and the golden ages of the sardana
The sardana was encouraged by the Francoist state and suffered its greatest difficulties during the period of revolutionary anarcho-syndicalist and Stalinist
- Justo Bueno chiselled out of historical memory
The mysterious disappearance of an anarchist serial killer from the Catalan version of the Valle de los Caídos.
- Good judges
I’ve always wondered where Spanish judges, particularly local ones, find justification for their habit of ignoring judicial precedent and ruling whatever
- Generalitat de Catalunya: St George is Susanowo in Japanese
Yesterday the Catalan government mounted some kind of co-branding (brand leeching, if you prefer) spectacle with the Japanese ambassador to Spain,