The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-century Spain

Front Cover
W.W. Norton & Company, 2012 - History - 700 pages
8 Reviews
The remains of General Francisco Franco lie in an immense mausoleum near Madrid, built with the blood and sweat of twenty thousand slave laborers. His enemies, however, met less-exalted fates. Besides those killed on the battlefield, tens of thousands were officially executed between 1936 and 1945, and as many again became "non-persons." As Spain finally reclaims its historical memory, a full picture can now be given of the Spanish Holocaust-ranging from judicial murders to the abuse of women and children. The story of the victims of Franco's reign of terror is framed by the activities of four key men-General Mola, Quiepo de Llano, Major Vallejo Najera, and Captain Don Gonzalo Aguilera-whose dogma of eugenics, terrorization, domination, and mind control horrifyingly mirror the fascism of Italy and Germany.

Evoking such classics as Gulag and The Great Terror, The Spanish Holocaust sheds crucial light on one of the darkest and most unexamined eras of modern European history.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

User Review  - Wooly Nora - Goodreads

A comprehensive account of a little talked about but significant European event. I thought that this text was aimed at the general reader but it's focus is academic. Consequently it was in places a ... Read full review

Review: The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

I found this a very tough read. While Preston is undoubtably thoroughly knowledgeable on the topic his delivery of the information is confusing. He tends to cram as much information as possible into rolling sentences which makes each sentence a tricky hurdle to take. Read full review

All 2 reviews »

About the author (2012)

Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Civil War, Franco and Juan Carlos, and The Spanish Holocaust, is the world's foremost historian on twentieth-century Spain. A professor at the London School of Economics, he lives in London.

Bibliographic information