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Franco And The Nazis.

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I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised at any revelation concerning Franco.

The old Fascist bastard had his fingers in so many pies that it’s hard to really work out what went on, as fascists don’t particularly like transparency.

Some years back there were even suggestions that Franco was bribed to stay out of the Second World War, but Ynet reveals an even darker side:

“When former Prime Minister Golda Meir thanked Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco for his “humanitarian attitude” and for protecting the Jews in his country during the Holocaust, she was not aware that he had ordered his officials to draw up a list of thousands of Jews living in Spain to be handed over to the Nazis.

The list, which was published in the El País newspaper on Sunday, would have sent thousands more Jews to their deaths in the Nazi extermination camps.

The list was handed over to the Nazi architect of the “final solution”, German SS chief Heinrich Himmler, at a time when the two countries were discussing Spain’s possible incorporation into the axis powers that included Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan.

The Spanish newspaper published the original order, which was recently unearthed in the Spanish government’s archives and instructed provincial governors to provide detailed lists of “all the national and foreign Jews living in the province… showing their personal and political leanings, means of living, commercial activities, degree of danger and security category.”

The governors were ordered to keep a close eye on Sephardic Jews, as their language and appearance enabled them to blend in with Spanish society.

“Their adaptation to our environment and their similar temperament allow them to hide their origins more easily,” said the order, sent out in May 1941.

The order describes the Jews as a race, and not a religious minority. “This notorious race”, the order said, “remained unnoticed, with no opportunity of preventing their easily-carried out attempts at subversion.”

(Hat tip: Andrew Murphy)

Update 1: I can’t say I am too familiar with Paul Johnson’s view of Franco, but I found this truly appalling piece from William Norman Grigg, as a PDF.

I only skimmed it but my, what a pile of dross, anyway readers can make their own minds up on Grigg’s disgustingly flattering account of Franco’s life.

Update 2: My gratitude to Miguel for pointing out the original article in El Pais.

Below is an extract and rather poor Google translation:

“At the end of World War II, the Franco regime in a relatively successful attempt to mislead the world public opinion with the fable that had contributed to saving thousands of Jews from Nazi exterminator quest. Not only was false propaganda that Franco sought to establish. In Spain, the dictator was tempted to help end the “Jewish problem” in Europe.

The patient work of a Jewish journalist, Jacobo Israel Garzón, has made which shows the only known document on the matter, kept by the work of chance in the National Historical Archive, and from the Civil Government of Zaragoza. He published in the journal Estate. From that work, the country has continued the investigation and has reconstructed the complete history of the failed collaboration with the Holocaust. Who were the protagonists and their accomplices. A story that changed history.

On May 13, 1941, all Spanish civil governors receive a circular sent on day 5 by the Directorate General of Security. They were ordered to send to the central individual reports of “domestic and foreign Israelites settled in that province (…) indicating personal and political affiliation, social, livelihood, business activities, current status, degree of danger, definition police. The order was signed José Finat Escriva de Romani, Earl of Mayalde, the last day of his tenure, because it will be relieved by Colonel Galarza.

Written by modernityblog

23/06/2010 at 09:21

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  1. Another revisonist myth goes down in flames. How many times in the last decades has the reactionary Right claimed Franco “protected” Jews andwhile no saint, he only used Hitler to get to power because he had interest in the racist dogmas of National Socialism.

    Andrew Murphy

    23/06/2010 at 14:51

  2. Hmm, not sure Andrew, there are many accounts of Franco’s motives, certainly he was a murdering Fascist bastard, and he did use the Germans when it suited him.

    PS: This post is getting a lot of spam from one Alan B’Stard M P, I should remind him that posting guff from neo-nazi web sites is not going to get his comments posted. He should re-read my comments policy, again, and again.


    23/06/2010 at 15:23

  3. I thought “Why am I not surprised?” when I read this article

    jams o donnell

    23/06/2010 at 18:03

  4. [Note to readers, there is a neo-Nazi who keeps posting rubbish on this thread and remains in the moderation queue]

    Just a note for that exceedingly slow poster, Alan B’Stard M P.

    You are a Holocaust denying Jew hater and as such your views are hate driven.

    You quibble about the nature of the Holocaust so I can only assume that you welcome it when Jews are killed, and if Franco aided that mass slaughter then presumably that wouldn’t bother you one bit, now fuck off.


    23/06/2010 at 18:43

  5. Miguel

    23/06/2010 at 23:18

  6. Gracias Sr.

    Tengo que camibar este articulo.


    23/06/2010 at 23:43

  7. Franco defenders amuse me because many of them are rather aggressive anti-Muslim bigots, yet worship a guy whose rise to power was accomplished through the use of imported Muslim troops.

    History Punk

    24/06/2010 at 00:16

  8. Excellent point Punk.

    Andrew Murphy

    24/06/2010 at 02:02

  9. the legend of Franco’s “pro-jewish position” was also in a certain way supported by accusations around 1940 from some of the “camisas viejas” of the Falange-JONS that he himself had sephardic ancestors (there is no evidence for this)


    24/06/2010 at 08:29

  10. […] Franco and the Nazis: Modernity on the even darker side of Spain’s dictator. […]

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