One of the three hundred settlements founded by Franco’s regime, the village of Llanos del Caudillo is still today named in homage to the dictator. Villagers’ nostalgia for his regime reflects Spain’s failure to reckon with its past — and the ongoing struggle to gain recognition for fascism’s victims.
Alex Alvarez Taylor is currently preparing a doctoral project on Marxism and allegory. He lives and works in Spain.
When former Spanish Communist Party leader Julio Anguita was buried last week, crowds in his native Córdoba broke quarantine to sing the Internationale next to his coffin. The “Red Caliph” saved his party from the doldrums of the 1980s — and helped lay the basis for today’s Unidas Podemos.