Work has begun on opening a mass grave in Spain thought to contain the remains of the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca and other civil war victims. Experts have begun preparing the ground at site in the southern province of Granada.
The civil war is still a highly sensitive issue in Spain and emotions run deep on both sides. Manuel Jinenez hopes to recover his father’s remains. “They arrested my father and held him for several days, then they brought him here and shot him.” A monument honouring Lorca has been erected at the graveside. He was executed by General Franco’s troops in the first months of the war between 1936-39. Lorca’s relatives have opposed exhuming his body, arguing he should not be given special recognition when so many families suffered.