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Sarah WildmanIt is at this moment — the end of the Spanish pacto del olvido, the pact of forgetting — that Giles Tremlett, the Madrid correspondent for The Guardian, opens his incisive and engaging book Ghosts of Spain. For 25 years, he writes, “silence about the past” was seen as “the price to be paid for the successful self-dissolution of Francoism.” In contrast to Chile, South Africa or Argentina, “there were no hearings, no truth commissions and no formal process of reconciliation beyond the business of constructing a new democracy.” And in contrast to East Germany or the Czech Republic, “the mechanics of repression” were not revealed or put on trial. “In fact,” Tremlett writes, “it was Franco’s own men who would, largely, oversee and manage” the transition.
— The New York Times