OVER 47,000 Civil War victims remain buried in Andalucia’s communal graves, according to a new map (click for larger image) published by the Junta.
The seven-year study has located 614 Civil War-era communal graves in the region, representing one third of the total known number in Spain.
This makes Andalucia the region worst affected by Franco’s repressions.
A total of 130,000 executions are attributed to the ‘white terror’, which followed the Nationalists’ thrust into southern Spain in 1936.
Over half of the communal graves are located in the provinces of Sevilla, Huelva and Cadiz, the first areas to fall in the uprising.
The cities of Huelva and Orgiva hold the biggest communal graves, with around 5,000 bodies each.
Franco’s order to consider as enemies all people who did not actively support the Nationalist cause led to mass executions.
Three quarters of the victims were shot near their homes.
“The map’s aim is to shed light on the conflict that turned into the deliberate and methodical extermination of the enemy,” explained a spokesman for the Commission for Historical Memory.
Researchers believe 40 per cent of the communal graves have been unknown until now.
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