THE SPANISH HOLOCAUST
Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

PAUL PRESTON
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This book explores the profound horrors visited upon Spain during its ferocious Civil War, the consequences of which still reverberate bitterly today. The brutal, murderous persecution of Spaniards between 1936 and 1945 is a truth that should have been told long ago. Preston provides the first comprehensive picture of what he terms ‘the Spanish Holocaust’: mass extra-judicial murder of some 200,000 victims, cursory military trials, torture, the systematic abuse of women and children, sweeping imprisonment, the horrors of exile. Those culpable for crimes committed on both sides of the Civil War are named and their victims are identified.


A book of extraordinary moral and emotional power, a classic of historical scholarship and a deeply affecting record of man’s inhumanity to man. SUNDAY TIMES