NYTimes on DBE-gate and Valley of the Fallen

June 22, 2011

Writing for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, Raphael Minder explains the continuing controversies in Spain over Franco and his legacy:

the war and its victor,Francisco Franco, still generate plenty of heated debate in Spain. One of the unexpected and most recent controversies was set off in May by the release of a national biographical dictionary that praised Franco’s leadership in the war and described his subsequent regime as “authoritarian, but not totalitarian.” The debate over Franco’s legacy also has been stirred by the Socialist government’s decision to set up a commission to review the future of the Valley of the Fallen, the massive underground basilica built to honor those who died for the Fascist victory.

Read the whole article here.