Franco's Justice

Repression in Madrid after the Spanish Civil War
Ruiz, Julius
Date published: 
July 2005

Using extensive but only recently available judicial records, this book examines the consequences in Madrid of General Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. It argues that the post-war repression instituted by the victors was based on the cruel irony that Republicans, and not the military rebels of July 1936, were responsible for the Civil War. Yet despite the claims of other historians to the contrary, this book also demonstrates that Francoist repression was not genocidal. Indeed, it shows that the crucial decisions to end mass repression were taken in 1940-1, and not, as it has generally been believed, in the mid-1940s in response to Allied victory in the Second World War.