Republican victims in Franco’s tomb not exhumed

May 12, 2011

Contrary to earlier indications, the Spanish government has decided not to exhume the remains of an estimated 30,000 victims from the Valley of the Fallen, the massive monument that also serves as the tomb to former dictator Francisco Franco, The Daily Telegraph reported last week, because it would be “impossible” to match bones to relatives:

At least eleven families of people who died fighting on the Republican side of the 1936-39 Civil War had requested that the bones of their relatives be returned for burial elsewhere. But a forensic team sent by Spain socialist government said such a request was “impossible to fulfill”. “The bones are mixed up together and severely decomposed,” the report said, making identification, even using DNA samples from family members an impossible task.

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