General Archive of the Spanish Civil War, Salamanca

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The General Archive of the Spanish Civil War is a specialist archive containing material related to the Spanish Civil War. It is part of Spain's National Historical Archive and is located in Salamanca.The origins of the Civil War Archive, and the decision to house such documents in Salamanca, date back to the 1930s. The Franco regime decreed, on September 13, 1936, that "all properties and documents belonging to the political parties and organizations mentioned, as well as any others that opposed the movimiento nacional, were to become the property of the State." The definition of organizations opposed to the fascist regime was a fairly broad one, as is evidenced by the fact that the archive includes material related to freemasonry; freemasons were one of the groups viewed with suspicion by Franco and membership carried a prison sentence.With the democratisation of Spain, the purpose of the Archive changed. In 2007 the Archive became part of the Historical Memory Documentary Centre created by the Historical Memory Law. "Historical memory", in this context, refers to Spain's coming to terms with its Civil War and the Franco Dictatorship. The Centre includes material from the 1930s to the 1970s.The Archive has a permanent exhibition, open to the public. It has also developed its on-line presence: a portal called the "Portal de Víctimas de la Guerra Civil y Represaliados del Franquismo" is maintained under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. As the name implies, it makes available information regarding victims of the Civil War and the Franco Dictatorship. As some of the victims were refugees, the portal not only draws on Spanish archival material, but also foreign sources, including information about Spanish people held in Nazi concentration camps.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Essential and necessary to see the collection of files related to the Civil War, corresponding to both sides. There are even a number of videos relating to various topics all related in one way or another to the Civil War. It gave me enough penalty as a pair of parents aleccionaban, loaded with reason, to their offspring about what was good and what bad side. It would be nice, let these children/adolescents to know from their own perspective what was the war and that they are to decide their own thinking.
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  • July 12, 2017
    The good part is that it is free, and the temperature is comfortable. But aside from a poorly written 2-page English introduction, everything is in Spanish. One sees some historic propaganda posters, ...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    The local which is visited is very small, it is worth going to see Republicans porpagandisticos posters and national, letters, telegrams, etc of the time. But aside from two videos that are projected in the same room it is not visirable much more.
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  • A file that must be maintained to not return to that situation. The room of the Freemasons is fantastic. By the way free.
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  • The local which is visited is very small, it is worth going to see Republicans porpagandisticos posters and national, letters, telegrams, etc of the time. But aside from two videos that are projected in the same room it is not visirable much more.
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  • Interesting place to visit in order to not make the same mistakes that led us to a war Fratricide with a million dead and thousands of exiled and also thousands of victims in the past. Please which will not be repeated. Interesting place to visit
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  • Interesting place
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  • Very interesting. Only cons is not to take photos.
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