Exhuming memory: Miguel Hernández and the legacy of fascism in Spain

William Rolston, Amaia Alvarez Berastegi

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    Each March in Orihuela in the province of Valencia, Spain, there is a festival of mural painting in honour of local poet Miguel Hernández. For long the poet, who died in a fascist jail in 1942, had been publicly unacknowledged, but now his life, his work and his political involvement as a Republican political activist are openly displayed. How Hernández is remembered provides a powerful example of the struggles between memory and forgetting in post-Franco Spain. Faced with the contradiction of a Pact of Forgetting in 1977 and a Historical Memory Law in 2007, memory in Spain has to be carefully exhumed from under layers of fascist policies and culture.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-60
    Number of pages23
    JournalRace and Class
    Issue number1
    Early online date23 May 2018
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jul 2018


    • Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica
    • exhumation
    • Historical Memory Law
    • Miguel Hernández
    • murals
    • Orihuela
    • Pact of Forgetting
    • Spanish fascism


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