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This review is from: The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain (Kindle Edition)
I always knew that General Franco and his merry men were monsters, but until I read this book, I was unaware of the scale of their crimes. From the illegal uprising against a legally elected government to the horrendous atrocities against civilians, one's blood chills and chills again at the horrors perpetrated by the Francoist forces. The initial Nationalist advance, until checked at Madrid, saw mass executions and sexual abuse of women captives so horrific that even right-wing foreign correspondents embedded with Franco's forces were having nervous breakdowns. Even Mussolini was shocked at the scale of the violence; even the German government protested at the way Franco's good Catholic soldiery treated the Spanish Protestants. Read this book and understand what motivated so many foreign volunteers to go and fight in Spain in the International Brigades. Read and wonder how Franco lasted for so long.