A Tale of Collective Memory

The Spanish Ley de Memoria Histórica (Law of Historical Memory) came into being in 2007. Under this law, victims of atrocities committed during the Civil War between 1936 and 1939 are entitled to certain rights as well as recognition of their suffering. More than 1,500 persons disappeared in Mallorca during those 1,000 days, most of them executed and buried in mass graves. The first ever of 47 such unmarked graves in Mallorca has been excavated during the last seven days in the village of Sant Joan. Human remains were found of, presumably, Miquel Salom, Joan Gual and Jaume Gual, from the pueblo of Santa María de la Salud who were killed nearby in October, 1936, and interred in Sant Joan in an unmarked plot. The discovered bones have now been sent to Sevilla for DNA analysis. The photo was taken in Sant Joan, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 19th, 2014.

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