Members of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) take part in the exhumation of the grave in Guadalajara’s cemetery, Spain, January 23, 2016 [Juan Medina/Reuters]
Madrid, Spain – As Spain prepares to vote in national elections on Sunday, old wounds have come to the forefront of the campaign season.
The question of Spain’s treatment of its dictatorial past, and its causalities, has become a hot-button election issue, thanks to a rising far-right.
The remains of 40,000 Spaniards who died in the country’s civil war, which lasted from 1936 to 1939, rest at an imposing memorial near Madrid called The Valley of the Fallen.
Spain’s former fascist leader Francisco Franco, whose repressive government ruled from 1939 until 1975 and was responsible for