Over the past few years I have developed a fascination with the Spanish Civil War, in part due to marrying a Spaniard and also due to my background studying history at university. I am currently reading Guerra by Jason Webster – a fascinating look at present day and Civil War era Spain. I have read a number of books on the period and had a number of discussions with Spaniards about the events before, during and after the Civil War – all of which have been both fascinating and disturbing. However, it wasn’t until reading Webster’s work that I came across the story of Belchite. Subsequent to the Battle of Belchite, the village has remained untouched, acting as a memorial to the Civil War. I have obviously never been and I am not sure I would want to. The images of the town suggest it would be nothing less than an eery and humbling experience.
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