This article was translated by John R. Bopp
Today is April 26, the day we remember when, in 1937, the world could see, more clearly than ever, the intrinsic evil the fed, and feeds, totalitarian ideologies. It’s the day of the Bombing of Guernica, the day when fascism blew up the “sacred city” of the Basques, the day when Europe, without knowing it, was able to catch a glimpse of its near future.
The Basques were already suffering that “absolute evil” in person. Guernica was not the first bombing of a civilian population we suffered, though all of them were vile and criminal. But because of a series of circumstances, that criminal act found a space on the front page of the New York Times, and The Times, and other newspapers which told of the tragedy.
Without a doubt, this became news that was heard round the world, and this was all thanks to a group of foreign journalists who were covering the war from that part of our homeland that was still under the control of the Euzkadi government (the free part) and who were able, and brave enough, to narrate what had happened.
We’ve written a lot, and compiled many stories about this huge tragedy for the Basque People. That is why, this year, we’re going to summarize some of these articles which we find are still relevant.
We’re also including a recording of the Funeral March of the “Gernika” cantata by Pablo Sorozabal. It makes our hair stand on end, every time we hear it.
For the men and women who died or suffered defending Freedom and the Homeland.
Agur eta Ohore
George L. Steer: a chronicle about the journalist who told the world about the Bombing of Guernica
The 80th anniversary of the Bombing of Guernica in the international press
Truths about the Bombing of Guernica, by Xabier de Irujo, professor at the UNR Center for Basque Studies
“The Basques themselves burned Guernica” An interesting analysis by the Swiss press after the bombing
‘Guernica’: heartbreaking scream, symbol of peace, in 1937 and today (play, video, and texts)
Was the Bombing of Guernica a “necessary evil” so that Picasso could paint his masterpiece?
British sailors who were witnesses to the Bombing of Guernica
Observing the “center of Hell”: two unpublished aerial photos of Guernica, April 28, 1937
Today, 77 years after making Guernica a “martyr city”, they still lie
Alain Resnais, the Breton who brought the tragedy of Guernica to film, has passed away
Last Updated on Apr 26, 2023 by About Basque Country