Teresa Albert’s emotional speech in memory of the victims of the Franco regime: “The lives of our relatives now take the place they deserve in history”

This Monday, around twenty victims of the Civil War and Francoism received declarations of recognition and personal reparation during a state tribute in the presence of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the Minister of the Presidency and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños. Teresa Albert, niece of Maria Teresa Leon and Rafael Albert, spoke in an emotional speech on behalf of the victims. “Our family members are never forgotten. Now, finally, their lives and their legacy are expanding and gaining general recognition in the Spanish community. That’s why they’re more relevant than ever, and that’s why we share a deep emotion. “On behalf of everyone, thank you,” he began.

“All of us, respectfully, can proudly say that our lives and the lives of our families have already taken the place they deserve in the history of our country. I am sure that other people who have not yet received institutional recognition will take this place in the years to come. Today is a day of celebration for recognition, but also for living in a country that can paint a clearer and more complete picture of our yesterday. A country in which truth, justice, reparation and the duty of memory triumph after a long time. A country that can better manage its shared past day by day and can continue to think about a future of peace and coexistence,” he continued.

The niece of writer Maria Teresa Leon quoted a few words from her aunt:

I’m tired of not knowing where to die. This is the greatest sadness of an immigrant. What do we have to do with the cemeteries of the countries where we live?

Teresa Albert recalls that her aunt was buried, “because it could not be otherwise” on the day of the general strike, in the Majadahonda cemetery, as she had wished. “Others weren’t so lucky,” he concluded.

18 Repair Statement

Relatives of the victims received 18 declarations of compensation and recognition, 17 of them individual and one collective against the ten representatives of the CCOO who were sentenced to prison for opposing Francoism in the Trial 1001 held 50 years ago.

Among the individual awards, collected mainly by family members and representatives of memory associations, are those awarded to the 27-year-old writer María Teresa Leon, the historian Nicolás Sánchez Albornoz and the philosopher José Luis López Aranguren, among others. as well as artist and activist in the struggle of the LGTBI collective Manuela Saborido, known as Manolita Chen; to the writer Gabriel Arrest, one of the greatest figures of Galician literature, to Daniel Castellao; Or to attorney and former IU vice president Christina Almeida, who received the diploma in person.

Artists Rosalen and Joan Manuel Serrat also participated in the event, who wanted to “reduce the doses of forgetting to what is just and necessary” because “people who lose their memory lose the key to open the door to the future.”

“Memory is the business of the state”

In his speech, the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, recalled that “democratic memory is the work of the state.” “The law of democratic memory is a state law that does not refer to a particular ideology, which is why it is understandable that some do not consider it their own,” he said. He added that it was a matter of “ignorance” to say the memory law was “sectarian or vindictive”.

For his part, the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Minister of Democratic Memory, Felix Bolaños, said that it has been a year since the entry into force of the Law of Memory, a norm that he said is the “homology” of Spain. with neighboring countries that “also suffered a blow from the dictatorship”. He emphasized that the government will be on the side of the victims and in favor of “truth, justice and reparations”.

The event was attended by relatives of the deceased, members of memory associations and many representatives of the state, including the president of the Congress, Francia Armengol, and the president of the Senate, Pedro Rollán. Acting Vice Presidents Yolanda Dias and Nadia Calvino were also present; and the majority of ministers, including Felix Bolanos, María Jesús Montero, Isabel Rodríguez, Mikel Isetta and Ione Bellara. However, the president of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijoo, refused to attend; President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso; and the mayor of the capital, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, sources in the Ministry of the Presidency said.

Source: El Diario





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