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The Muro de la Memoria

Last Friday, a memorial was inaugurated for the henceforth unnamed victims of the Guerra Civil (Spanish Civil War) in Palma’s Cementerio Municipal (municipal cemetery). I went to the cemetery yesterday in pursuit of news and truth to be able to tell you about the installation but, as so often happens, was barred from the entry by a gate. Eventually, I was told that some building or maintenance work was still in process; the memorial and its garden will be opened for the public in a week or two. Nothing to do with the forthcoming elections, I would hope.

All I can offer you for now is a view from afar, up and above. I can tell you that a metal plate has been carved with some 1,560 names of men and women killed by fusillade. The memorial is located near an outer wall of the cemetery and is part of a small garden. The project was initiated and funded by the Asociación Memoria de Mallorca, an association of Franco victims, or so I believe. I’ll be back in time to be able to have a closer visual impact of what I believe to be a worthwhile homage, some 72 years after the atrocities were committed.

The photo (top) was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 16th, 2011. The time was 16:34:21. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of unidadcivicaporlarepublica.es.

Muchas gracias.

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