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Episode 13- Gernika: The Massacre in Context

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Episode 13 with Xabier Irujo

The bombing of the Basque town of Gernika on April 26, 1937 by the planes of Germany’s Condor Legion, fighting for Franco’s rebel forces during the Spanish Civil War, today stands in the historical memory as one of our most powerful reminders of the horrors of war, thanks in no small part to Picasso’s famous painting. But what were the Germans trying to accomplish in this terror bombing, how exactly did the events of that day unfold and did the Germans achieve their goals? In this second part of our series on Nazis in Spain, Xabier Irujo, Director of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada- Reno, answers these questions as well as addresses the aftereffects of an event that we still remember with horror more than 80 years later.

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Episode 13 Extra- The Gernika Myths

The Guest

Xabier Irujo…

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Episode 15- Resistance and Collaboration in the French Basque Country

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Episode 15 with Sandra Ott

Like most other Europeans, the Basques of southern France had to endure a puppet government and Nazi occupation during the Second World War.  What was it like to live under occupation?  How did Basque culture influence the ways in which French Basques both collaborated with and resisted the Germans?  For the third part of our series on the Nazis in Iberian history, Professor Sandra Ott takes an ethnographic approach to answering these questions, using the stories of individuals and families to reveal just how complex and difficult different individuals’ strategies for living under occupation could be.  Danger, duplicity and revenge are all themes in these real-life tales fit for a spy novel.

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The Guest

Sandra Ott is an Oxford-educated social anthropologist. She has done research in the French Basque Country for forty-two years. Her second book, War, Judgment, and Memory in the Basque…

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