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Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061603

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061603.001.0001

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Imprisonment Is a Permanent Scar

Imprisonment Is a Permanent Scar

Women’s Penitentiaries in Francoist Spain

(p.153) 7 Imprisonment Is a Permanent Scar
Excavating Memory

M. Cinta Ramblado-Minero

University Press of Florida

The dictatorship of Francisco Franco, which lasted for almost four decades, was very effective in its war on memory. Prisons, concentration camps, and sites of executions were erased in an attempt to legitimize the political violence of the dictatorship and to obliterate the Republican past. Examining the history of female imprisonment and repression in Spain, this chapter explores the processes of erasure exercised by the Francoist state in order to eliminate the traces of its violent rule. In doing so, it pays particular attention to the different strategies used in the recuperation of gendered experiences of imprisonment and in the reclamation of sites of oblivion. As the testimonies of former prisoners illustrate, the recuperation (whether physical or symbolic) of such sites is essential for the remembrance of women's experiences of war and dictatorship in Spain.

Keywords:   Francisco Franco, Gender, Political Violence, Imprisonment, Testimony

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