The New Yorker on Garzón

June 9, 2011

Baltasar Garzón in New York City, 14 May 2011. Photo Richard Bermack

The New Yorker’s Dan Kaufman had lunch with Baltasar Garzón when he was in New York in May to receive the first ALBA/Puffin Award for Human Rights Activism:

“My family on my father’s side was more progressive, while on my mother’s side they were more conservative,” Garzón said. His mother’s brother, Gabriel, was politically conservative and an observant Catholic, but “maintained that under the law, the Republic was the legally elected government.” Gabriel fought for the Republican side in several battles, including Teruel, one of the Republic’s last stands and one of the bloodiest encounters of the war, with some hundred thousand casualties on both sides. After the war he was given three death sentences; those were later commuted, but he served eight years in prison and faced continued persecution.”

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